With a total floor area of 86,000ft² (8,000m²), each unit has been built to a high specification with integrated office accommodation.
Located on Opal Way and in close proximity to the M6, the curved roof buildings were constructed using steel frame with composite cladding to walls and roof set alongside curtain walling and windows for the office accommodation.
Presented with a gradient across the site, the enabling works included installation of new retaining walls followed by ground stabilisation to leave a level platform from which to work off without the need for excessive foundation solutions.
The interior of the buildings have been designed to deliver quality finishes whilst allowing flexibility for the building to be adapted for a variety of incoming business operations. Tiled entrance lobbies lead up to open plan first floor mezzanine offices with high finish amenity facilities.
The remaining space below the offices then offers the flexibility of additional storage, offices or shop floor welfare facilities.
The external hard standing areas were finished with a mixture of tarmac, concrete and block paving. The variety of materials helped to naturally demark the areas in an attractive manner.
Constructed to a rating of BREEAM Very Good, the overall selection of materials and features were key to ensure the environmental impact of the buildings is kept to a minimum throughout their lifetime. Features such as leak detection and a diverse soft landscaping plan not only help the environment but lead to an efficient, attractive and welcoming building.
The project provided a number of challenges, from a very wet February, whilst working in the ground, to adapting working practices to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Throughout the project we were assisted by a quality supply chain, a helpful design team and a positive client team.