Our multi-disciplinary services for the complex regeneration of Albion Square enabled the development of high-quality offices for Nuclear Development Agency (NDA) staff from Sellafield and provided a significant boost to the local, Whitehaven, economy.
As Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC), our client, wanted to complete enabling works prior to the appointment of the design team or contractor, our Strategic Real Estate team negotiated the acquisition of this key site within six months. Our engineering team subsequently provided detailed surveys, investigation, evaluation and assessment prior to the design and implementation of an enabling works package.
We took a holistic approach to the project, considering the site as a whole, including previous planning conditions, and advised BEC of the work required to satisfy the principal conditions relating to contaminated land and archaeology. This allowed identification of the early stage developments that would impact on later phases, thereby supporting the delivery of the project on time and to budget.
The environmental credentials of the development were also important to the NDA and the building has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. Our strategy for this promoted a healthy internal environmental through a ‘lean, mean, green’ servicing strategy and the inclusion of zero carbon technologies in the form of solar water and photo panels.
The completed building provides 100,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation for 900 NDA staff and is now a centrepiece of the redevelopment and regeneration of Whitehaven Town Centre.
“From the outset this project was challenging for Britain’s Energy Coast, particularly in respect of the timescales involved. We quickly realised that a ‘partnership’ approach with WYG was the only way we could achieve the targets we had set ourselves. I was very pleased with the comprehensive package of services provided and also the proactive way WYG project managed delivery.” Noel Butters, Project Manager BEC.