New Ceilings Help The Sun Rise On A Regeneration First - continued
Their brief had been to design an office building of almost 5,000 m² that would set a standard for future development within the regeneration area and also meet the aspirations of both the developer (Longmeadow Estates) and their prospective client.
Flexible open-plan office spaces allow greater flexibility for the call centre which takes up three of the four storeys, with offices and meeting rooms on the top floor.
While its design concept references Liverpool’s past and the trading vessels that once negotiated the waters on its doorstep, the building remains forward focused on sustainability.
A heavily glazed façade reduces the building’s reliance on artificial light and this element is further helped by Armstrong’s Ultima+ tiles which feature an even brighter whiter smoother surface that gives 87% light reflectance to help achieve 16% cost savings compared with indirect lighting.(In accordance with the Brinjac Engineering Study 2006.)
The building has transformed a plot of empty derelict land into a modern, environmentally friendly office development, having been designed to meet the BREEAM Excellent standard for sustainability. All specified materials have significant green credentials.
It has been described as a `strategic flagship development’, and is the new home of one of Wirral’s leading employers - helping to secure their future in the locality and providing a statement of confidence in a new enterprise zone. Another indication of its success is that it was finished on budget and two weeks early, demonstrating a rigorous approach to providing value for money and to construction timetables.
Built on former dockland in less than a year by Eric Wright Construction of steel frame and concrete floors, the building’s ceiling and wall systems were installed over three months by a team of eight from specialist sub-contractor CLM Drylining.
Kingsgate (formerly the Tower Wharf project) is one of the first flagship schemes to be constructed within the 500-acre Wirral Waters regeneration scheme, part of the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone which was one of the first four locations established by the Government designed to attract investment and accelerate growth.
The £10 billion development comprises two schemes led by the Combined Authorities and local authorities - Wirral Waters and Liverpool Waters. Located on either side of the River Mersey at Liverpool’s famous docklands, the two projects are among the largest regeneration schemes in the UK.
2016 Royal Charter International Research Award is announced
The BRE Trust, in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Constructors (WCC), have announced the 2016 Royal Charter International Research Award.
Aimed at constructors of all age groups, the award funds an individual to undertake a unique study focussed on a topical issue or challenge related to the construction industry.
This year the focus is on an innovative study relating to the digital built environment. Potential subjects include connected homes and communities, BIM, the internet, smart infrastructure, smart cities, big data and the human and societal issues of a digital built environment. Proposed studies should also include an international dimension.
The winning applicant will receive £7,000 towards the cost of their study and the digital publication of their work by the BRE Trust. A summary of the final report will also be included in the Constructors Journal, the publication of the WCC. The award will be presented at the WCC Awards Dinner in February 2017.
The BRE Trust and WCC created this award to encourage individuals in the sector to come forward with new knowledge and ideas that help us address current challenges in construction,
says Guy Hammersley, Director of BIM,
Digital is one area that construction currently lags behind on so some fresh innovative thinking is needed, we look forward to getting some great submissions
For further information on how to apply please contact
Matthew Barker at BRE, Matthew.Barker@bre.co.uk.
The deadline for applications is Friday 28th October 2016.