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Predominantly open plan, providing over 8500 m² of accommodation for up to 450 staff with a street running through the building extending from floor to roof, this layout provides the maximum benefits in terms of space efficiency, light and flexibility, yet still recognizes the security requirements one expects from today's modern office environment.
The building was fully fitted out to a very high specifi cation with full air conditioning, raised access floors, CAT 6 network cabling, LG3 intelligent lighting, pre-installed IT infrastructure, partitions, IT rooms, rest areas, reception, 100 cover restaurant, gymnasium and sports hall, street area, training rooms, conference facilities, relaxation suites, welfare areas and changing rooms.
Designed to be environmentally friendly, the building uses a borehole field system to assist the thermal temperature control within the building, with under fl oor heating and cooling in some areas, helping the building to achieve a BREEAM rating of 'Excellent'. Each one of the 150 boreholes contains tubing within which fluid is circulated and moved around an interconnected pipework system. The 98 metre boreholes collect heat from the earth's constant 12.7ºC temperature, this is fed through a heat exchanger to heat the building in winter and cool it in the summer.
Funding for the project was via the Private Finance Initiative, through the Gloucestershire FM Services Limited consortium. Britannia's Project Manager was a finalist in the CIOB South West Region Project Manager of the Year Awards 2006 and received a Commendation in the CIOB National Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2006 for this project.
CLIENT: Gloucestershire FM Services Ltd
ARCHITECT: McBains Cooper
PROJECT MANAGER: UKPMS
FORM OF CONTRACT: Design & Build JCT98