Woods Hardwick Ltd
Peter Dann Associates
Another prestigious design and build project comprising the construction of a 35,000ft2 auction house, with 1st floor offices and sales areas, café, restaurant, galleries, display areas, auction halls and warehousing.
The construction of this unit has been specifically designed for the end user, consisting of a steel framed structure, with a combination of highly insulated vertical and horizontal composite cladding to the walls and roof, ribbon windows and curtain walling screens and feature canopies. Specialist designed and installed mechanical and electrical installations were fitted. Also executed were external works, concrete, tarmac, block paving, fencing, gates and comprehensive landscaping. All this in conjunction with the S.U.D.S soak-away / water attenuation system - disposing of water through the existing culvert systems that were specifically designed to alleviate the flooding potential associated within Bedford.
The extensive use of recycled materials - that comply with Green Guide "A" Rated Materials - FSC timber and materials with 0-rated GWP and ODP all help lower the environmental impact of this project. This combined with water and waste monitoring, high insulation, low "U" values and low air permeability allowed us to construct a very efficient and environmentally friendly building for our client, reinforcing the green credentials for this project. Other environmental improvements include diverse native landscape planting, bird boxes, bat boxes, log piles and Lacewing habitat. Also included are bypass interceptors, Secure by Design requirements, as well as the contract being registered and certified with the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
The contract ran for 32 weeks.