Hanson awarded British Precast project prize
The building has a BREEAM excellent rating and showcases some of Hanson’s product range, features two wings of office space linked by a central hub.
It was planned, designed and built by a Hanson project team led by project manager Duncan Edwards.
The building has natural ventilation, demonstrating the effectiveness of masonry construction in reducing energy consumption, through thermal mass, and incorporates rainwater harvesting, increased insulation, night-time cooling and solar shading.
Precast concrete was used to create a visually striking central staircase and exposed ceilings, which both use the Hanson Cobiax flooring system. This saved over 200 tonnes of CO2 compared with a conventional concrete flooring system. The precast elements also help to make the building thermally efficient.
The building was awarded the British Pre-Cast Federation ‘best project’ award which recognises excellence in the use of precast concrete and masonry in new structures. The prize is highly competitive but the three judges were unanimous in their decision.
The building combines sustainable design, innovative internal and external engineering, and the strong aesthetic extremely well.