Project Overview

This design and build project involved the construction of a six-storey, 92,000 ft2, high quality mixed use building in central Southampton for developers Atlantic Property and Southampton City Council. The building is located in the busy city centre and had limited access and a restricted construction envelope. The building houses a reception, offices, meeting rooms and a public ground floor area which includes retail outlets. 

The project included a basement car park, with a five-storey reinforced concrete frame and a structural steel sixth-storey and roof. The structure is clad with high specification glazing and Portland stone to create an aesthetically striking building to house many of the Council’s facilities. The finishes are to a very high standard, with grade A materials throughout. 

A key objective of our client was that the building would incorporate sustainable technologies. We proposed technologies including connecting the building to a district heating system and the installation of SolaVeil glazing, which substantially reduced the future running costs of the building. We also incorporated ecologically friendly measures such as a green wall, and swift and bat boxes. 

The connection to the district heating system generates a 20% saving in energy use for the building, meaning it would pay for itself within six years and thereafter generate savings on energy bills. 

During the project we engaged with neighbours, the local community, council and police and volunteered to help with numerous events and charities. These include providing cranes for a trapeze act at a Southampton City Council Midsummer Event, hanging the Union Flag from our tower crane during the Prince of Wales’ Royal Regiment Homecoming Parade. We donated bicycles and equipment to the local Youth Centre and also employed one of their members as an apprentice on site. 

The project was registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme and scored 36.5/40; the project was awarded a 2011 CCS Bronze Award for our performance.

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Contract Period

75 weeks