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Contractors World UK Ireland Vol 6 No 2

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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 prospec-

tive 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 reli-

ance 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.)

FCH added:

“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 flag-

ship development’, and is the new home of one

of Wirral’s leading employers - helping to secure

their future in the locality and providing a state-

ment of confidence in a new enterprise zone.

Another indication of its success is that it was

finished on budget and two weeks early, demon-

strating 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.

Armstrong Ceilings

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 fo-

cussed 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 present-

ed 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.

s

The

deadline for applications is Friday 28th October

2016.