Hermes Distribution

The development is on a brown field site which is on junction 18 of the M5 motorway, and comprises of the construction of a purpose built, bespoke designed building for Hermes parcel delivery.

The design was for a detached industrial style unit, consisting of an open warehouse area with a 8.0m haunch height and associated single storey office area to suit the Hermes requirements. The unit achieves a total floor area of 43,166sqft including 3,986sqft of office accommodation.

The external yard extends for 75% of the buildings perimeter and provides adequate turning for vehicles, with the design suiting Hermes requirements including 18no. dock levellers and 4no. level loading access; HGV vehicle parking, fueling station and vehicle wash facilities.

The office accommodation is level throughout, along with meeting room and canteen facilities.

Renishaw PLC

Renishaw PLC, is an international company at the cutting edge of innovation in metrology and engineering. New Mills is the companies Worldwide Headquarters and Research and Development (R&D) Centre. this building provides further R&D expansion for a number of emerging technologies as well as training and conferencing facilities.

Working closely with the company, we developed a brief and design for highly flexible two storey space circa 20,000m2 on a challenging sloping site adjacent to a flood plane and a Grade 2 Listed building. We have subsequently completed the detailed design of the building and its fit-out and project managed the scheme to a very successful completion.

Flexibility was a key criteria for the new building and the success in achieving this has been realised in the changing needs that have been accommodated since construction began and the first phase fit-out was completed.

The building has heavier R&D engineering activities located on the ground floor and more office based activities on the first floor. The entrance core houses reception, conferencing and lecture theatre along with product display areas and training areas. The research areas include extensive laboratory and climatic controlled testing facilities along with dark rooms.

At first floor level are further conferencing facilities, along with Board Directors offices and general open plan offices for circa 450 people.

The buildings mechanical and electrical systems are highly sustainable and also provide maximum flexibility and future proofing. PV panels have been integrated into the design and provide solar shading to the south elevation.

Externally areas have been sensitively landscaped and include attenuation ponds and enhanced ecological areas.


Infast, Gloucester

A 50,000sqft distribution and HQ building at Waterwells Business Park.

Prestoplan, Gloucester

This new facility for Prestoplan comprised of a 100,000sqft manufacturing and distribution depot on the St. Modwen Properties Gloucester gateway site just off junction 12 of the M5.

The building accommodates the processes required for the manufacture of large, bespoke timber framed panels and timber trusses. A great deal of care was taken to efficiently provide good vehicular access and extensive external storage.

As the first new building on the seven acre site, there were a number of sensitive Planning issues, both site wide and specific to the development. These were all carefully assessed and economic and practical solutions were found to the satisfaction of all parties.

Other issues associated with the site were extensive sustainable drainage solutions, including water storage under the car park and a hydrobrake, a badger sett adjacent to the boundary and a Tree Preservation Order Oak tree within the site curtiledge.

Nisbets PLC, Bristol

This new facility for Nisbets, the catering equipment group comprised of a 165,000ftsq distribution building on the St Modwen Properties Access 18 Business Park in Avonmouth, just off junction 18 of the M5.

The new facility incorporates 23,000ftsq of high quality offices and Call Centre, and 70,000ftsq of three storey mezzanine storage, the remainder being high bay storage.

The building was designed to accommodate a 15m clear mechanical high bay racking system serviced by 12 dock levellers and three level access loading doors. There is extensive yard and lorry parking plus car parking for 208 cars.

The site is on part of the 212 acre former BZL site in the centre of the Severnside area of Avonmouth with contamination, estuary tidal flooding and poor ground conditions to name but a few problems to contend with. The solution was for brickwork with stone bands and micro-rib composite panelling to the main entrance elevation and side returns, complete with a feature glazed entrance screen and canopy. The remaining elevations were a mix of coloured profile cladding laid both horizontally and vertically to reduce the impact of the buildings height.

The site of 9 acres is the second phase of development on the 45 acres of brownfield commercial development on the Business Park.

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