This design and build project involved delivery of three new buildings on the TATA Steel Works Site in Port Talbot. Both the Visitor Centre and Stores Building were delivered to BREEAM Outstanding and the Training Centre has achieved BREEAM Excellent, winning the Constructing Excellence Wales Innovation Award 2013 and South Wales LABC Sustainability Award 2013.
Through engineering an innovative solution to divert waste heat and steam from the steelmaking process, 100% of the buildings energy is generated from on-site renewables, resulting in this becoming the largest carbon negative development in Wales, achieving an uncommon BREEAM Outstanding and an extremely rare A+ Energy Performance status. Zero waste to landfill was also achieved on this project through use of the on-site recycling facilities.
Construction of the three buildings comprises a structural steelwork frame, a single ply membrane roof, micro rib cladding and aluminium curtain walling and windows, supported by a heavily reinforced raft slab foundation.
The Stores Building offers 9,600m2 of space complete with overhead cranage, high racking systems and carousel units, with an additional three-storey administration/office area for the processing of the products in storage. This is the first BREEAM 2008 Outstanding building in the Industrial Category in Wales.
The 1600m2 Training Centre facility provides apprentice workshop based training, a number of office based classrooms used for practical demonstration and de-briefing, and a conference centre, which accommodates up to 150 people to cater for TATA's future conference requirements.
The Visitor Centre provides a place for all new visitors of the site to report to, undertake safety induction and gain the necessary permits and passes to access the main areas of the site. It also contains a tactical control room and a heritage centre which exhibits information about TATA new works and products that are being developed within the company.