Spirax Sarco, Cheltenham

Design Management, and Development of design drawing package and specifications from concept through to construction drawings, negotiations with Building Control, specialist suppliers and Principal Contractor.

Major international engineering manufacturer Spirax Sarco wished to improve their accommodation at their Charlton House premises in the suburbs of Cheltenham, adjacent to their Listed office HQ.
An existing obsolete building sited in the middle of their mature parkland campus site, was to be demolished and a replacement designed and built to contemporary standards was required.
However, Conservation Area status and overlooking neighbours meant that the new design would need to be handled carefully for Planning Approval, the adjacent River Chelt flowing through the site represented flood-plain issues, and the only available siting for the building was over a main local drain traversing the site and requiring redirection approval from the Water Authority.
The solution would be a light, steel framed single storey building, suspended above the ground to allow for flooding, with solid elements at each end to accommodate serving requirements, and a single large open-planned central area with maximum glazing, to provide a flexible space for dining and / or conference use.
The roof was formed as a single monopitch, with the low side to the altered internal road to reduce the scale of the building as it is approached, and to minimise solar gain from the south, with the high eave facing north into the surrounding parkland for best light and views.
A full commercial kitchen and servery together with associated extract and cooling systems, and audio visual conferencing facilities were installed as part of the scheme.
The contract was procured using two-stage tender and specialist package negotiation, and was undertaken over 16 wks at a cost of £850,000.