A design and build project comprising the construction of a 12,000ft2 multi-office block together with a 26,000ft2 industrial unit.
The project provided plenty of technical challenges that had to be met to make the project commercially viable. To ensure costs were kept to a minimum a 7,000m3 borrow-pit was excavated in the car park to produce suitable excavated fill material to replace desiccated clay from below the building footprint.
To comply with new D4 planning guidelines a ground source heat pump system was installed. This involved drilling 13 bore holes to a depth of 110m, then a series of interconnecting water pipes were installed to provide a heating/cooling circuit that was connected to the WR2 Ground Source Heat Pump unit, this in turn fed the air conditioning systems to the office block.
The project also achieved a BREEAM “Very Good” rating and provided 10% renewable energy via the Ground Source Heat Pump. Together with a surface water attenuation system, water conservation measures, best practice noise and dust control, high insulation and low air leakage, a high efficiency automated lighting scheme, as well as environmental improvements including diverse, native landscape planting, bird boxes and log piles all lead to a very environment friendly construction.