Tarpey Woodfine were appointed to develop a brief to relocate the client’s existing production and distribution facilities into a recently completed shell building, located at Aston Advanced Manufacturing Hub, Birmingham.
The brief called for a new canteen area, changing rooms and lockers, flexible research and development project rooms, and open plan office areas with flexible working options and enclosed meeting rooms. The storage and distribution facility including automated high bay racking, a separate office. Multiple mechanical and electrical services were incorporated, including compressed air, data, pumped drainage, water and a high level busbar power distribution trunking system.
Tarpey Woodfine worked closely with the client to develop the designs within very tight timescales. This was due to expiring leases on other client buildings and to minimise any disruption in production. An open book prime cost building contract was chosen to enable the design to move quickly, minimising the time spent on the tender process. The contract also enabled early involvement from the contractor and mechanical and electrical service engineers.
The collaborative work enabled the design to progress quickly with feedback from each discipline. The multi-phased scheme was developed and delivered on time and on budget.
“It was a pleasure to work with each member of [Tarpey Woodfine Architects] team and I look forward to doing so again, without hesitation.” Lee Tretheway, Operations Manager, Salt Healthcare.