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Leicester. City’s business workspaces

IDOM were awarded through an open OJEU tender process run by Leicester City Council, the full design services related to the construction of a New Build research and development workspace building. The site is currently a vacant brownfield land, and the proposed works include the development of a 1,860m2 Building and landscape works to create a new car park facility.

The Building is designed to provide 12 individual units ranging from 60m2 to 150m2, which will be let out by the Council to innovative businesses working in the technology sector, and will complement the adjacent Dock building which currently provides smaller units.

The building is designed with a simple modular approach, with a twist introduced to express the individuality of each unit. The façade is proposed to have an anodised aluminium finish, which is applied to a folded panel, which provides dynamic diffuse reflections, as people walk around the building. Each unit is provided with a large glazed end window for views, as well as smaller partially hidden windows for natural ventilation.

The building is being designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of excellent, and incorporated features such as an air source heat pump, high levels of insulation, and a natural ventilation strategy.

In July 2016, a planning application was submitted for the project and currently the project is progressing to facilitate a competitive tender process for the appointment of a design and build contractor with the project due for completion in early 2018.

IDOM are providing full multidisciplinary design services for the project, including Architectural, Structural, and Building Services, with the design being carried out utilising BIM.