27 May 2008
The Manchester office of WYG, consultants to the built, natural and social environment, has handed over a £20million design and build project in Manchester to its client, Langtree Group plc.
WYG was originally appointed to provide civil and structural design services on 40 Spring Gardens, a speculative office development, after winning a design competition as part of the developer’s team. This included Aedas AHR, project managers AYH Plc, cost managers AYH and mechanical and electrical engineers, Hoare Lea Associates. WYG was subsequently novated together with the architect, to become part of the successful design and build team led by contractor Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd.
The new high specification 100,000 sq ft office building which has replaced Amethyst House, presented WYG with a number of challenges. Located in the heritage quarter of Manchester, a number of design solutions were needed to enable this challenging development to be successfully delivered.
By applying its extensive knowledge of construction in the commercial property sector, as well as its experience of sustainable design to address the needs of occupiers who want spacious and airy accommodation, WYG designed a steel super structure which maximised the flexibility of the space and enabled a modern design to be achieved without the need to increase the overall size of the building.
Speaking about this latest scheme which is another successful commercial property development for its longstanding client Langtree, WYG’s project manager, Lee Brooks said:
“The completion of 40 Spring Gardens reflects the innovative work in which the Manchester office is involved for clients in the North West commercial property sector.”
Under a separate commission, WYG was also appointed to act as planning supervisor and BREEAM assessor advising on the environmental and sustainable design elements of the scheme. This has ensured the building has a BREEAM rating of Very Good.
John Downes, director of the Langtree Group plc added:
“As a company we have extensive experience in the redevelopment of brownfield sites, however 40 Spring Gardens was our first foray into city centre office development, therefore choosing the right professional team was essential. Having worked with WYG on a number of earlier projects we were confident that they would not only provide us with a structural design that would both withstand the test of time but would also be able to field a team of experienced engineers that would ensure work was carried out efficiently."
“I am delighted to say that we have taken receipt of a building which now raises the bar in hi-spec office accommodation in the centre of Manchester.”
WYG is advising a number of other clients in the commercial and education sectors.