Status: Due for completion December 2016.
The proposed development consists of an extension that has a floor area of 7,125 sqm over seven floors which vary in size, reducing in size on the upper levels, with the highest levels being located immediately overlooking the traffic roundabout. The external expression of the proposed extension carries through the palette of materials that define the character of the existing office building. The materials of the existing building such as stone cladding, plaster render, glazing systems, metal cladding are all followed through. The design intent is for the floor plates of the extension to align with finished floor levels of the existing buildings on the Ground, First and second levels . The main entrance is located at the junction between Phase B & C with the option of a large corporate entrance to service all buildings at this location should such an arrangement arise.
It is envisaged that the proposed extension will operate as open plan office area. The clients intention with this planning application is to provide a Shell and Core office building. The detail layouts of the offices will be determined by the selected tenants. On our floor plans, we have noted the probable location of toilet areas for staff and visitors. This element will form part of the fit out element of the development. Provision of shower facilities for staff as determined by the Workplace Travel Plan will be incorporated into the fit out element of the works
The design intent is to reconfigure the layout of the southern stairwell with the lift core and stairwell to be removed and the vertical circulation achieved by the vertical circulation provided in the proposed extension as being considered by the application. This element of work will allow the advancement of a new central reception / entrance foyer.
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The glazed facade is progressing well - installed floor by floor the system is being installed using a unitised curtain walling method.
What is unitised curtain walling?
Unitised curtain walling describes a panel system of glazing that is fully fabricated and assembled in a controlled factory environment. Like precast concrete panels it is transported to site on “A” frames and low loaders. It is lifted directly onto a steel or concrete super structure and attached with special adjustable retention cleats fitted to the edges of floor plates. External Access Equipment is not required but the dedicated use of a crane is.
Direct costs may be greater than curtain walling but significantly reduced installation times, certainty of programme and omission of access requirements lead to quicker client handover and therefore a reduction in total project costs.