Workplace/

With our thorough knowledge of current technology and highly practical approach to space planning, we design efficient and cost effective workplaces that meet the specific requirements of clients. This includes exemplar new build, refurbishment and interior projects.

We thrive on transforming inefficient or redundant spaces into dynamic environments. At the same time we understand the need for quick, flexible solutions to achieve a rapid return on investment and accommodate future change.

Office/

Broadside Headquarters
Chatham/

Completion/
July 2006
Cost/
£6,977,554
Accolades/
RICS Awards 2007-South East Sustainability Winner
RICS Awards 2007-South East Regeneration Runner Up
Kent Design Awards 2007 Commerical, Industrial & Retail Category Winner

HMY brought together the disparate departments of MHS homes into one bespoke building that offers 4400m2 of dynamic office space - inspired by the form and structure of local maritime and meticulously designed to minimise impact on the environment.

The new five-storey building, called Broadside, is within Chatham Maritime and next to the Historic Dockyard World Heritage Site, sited directly over the Medway Tunnel on the River Medway waterfront. The 250 staff now benefit from stunning unbroken views of the river from every office space, a bespoke open plan layout that also provides private working spaces and an innovate energy-saving heating, cooling and ventilation system.

Sustainable Design/

At the core of the energy saving strategy is the use of the TermoDeck system for heating and cooling, using the pre-cast concrete floor. TermoDeck is a fan-assisted system that uses the high thermal mass of the hollow core floor slabs.

Wrapping round the east façade and the main roof is a shell of Corus Kalzip aluminium standing seam sheeting. When used in combination with a high level of mineral fibre insulation, it acts as a highly insulated blanket.

The building has been well planned from a detailed brief which included the key wishes of our user group. It has met our aspirations.
Roger Wilson, Project Manager, mhs homes

Westergate Business Centre Brighton/

Completion/
December 2005
Cost/
£2,328,000
Accolades/
The South East Renewable Energy Award 2005 Winner

Creating 90 New Jobs Using Recylcled Coffee Cups/

Westergate Business Centre is a regeneration project carried out with Brighton & Hove City Council. It created 90 new jobs and comprises 1,940sqm of light industrial space, designed with recycled materials wherever possible – including worktops made of recycled coffee cups. It uses a very high percentage of renewable energy.

The project is an exemplar for the council, underlining their commitment to sustainability and showing the approach they require from developers for this building type.

Westergate has nine units in two blocks finished as shells, and one fully fitted out, sub-divided into nine units. It met a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating and served as a pilot project for the South East England Development Agency ‘Sustainability Checklist’.

Renewable energy features include a wind turbine (the first in Brighton), solar domestic water heating, geo-thermal boreholes and heat pump to provide energy for space heating, sun pipes and natural ventilation.

HMY also incorporated sustainable and demountable materials including lime mortar, locally sourced bricks, recycled paper insulation, ‘Masonite’ timber external wall structure and aluminium roofing with a 50% recycled content. Wherever possible demolition materials were recycled too, with only 4% going to landfill.

Other sustainable measures have been incorporated such as ‘growing walls’, bird nesting boxes, low flush toilets, low energy light fittings and the installation of a local real time bus indicator board to promote use of public transport.

The scheme was carbon balanced with continuous monitoring throughout the construction process – a first for a project of this type.

Tower View
Kings Hill, Kent/

32 Tower View, Kingshill, Kent is the new headquarters for Russet Homes and Centra Pulse, both part of the Circle Housing Group. The 1,600 m² (17,000 ft²) fit-out followed a series of client user department workshops to define the new ways of working that was enabled by the relocation from their former cellular accommodation in the previous property. Housing clients regularly visit the building to discuss the whole range of housing issues with staff in a welcoming yet secure environment.

The upper floor is an emergency receiving centre operating 24/7 requiring facilities and power backup for extended periods including overnight accommodation for staff, should they become stranded. The intense nature of the calls received and the degree of team support required, necessitated a clean, easily supervised layout and high degrees of acoustic attenuation. Staff break-out areas and intimate huddle and “telepod” installations compliment the typical range of meeting and client interview rooms.

Aviation/

Aircraft Hangar
Biggin Hill/

Cost/
£16,000,000 shell
£10,000,000 fit–out

Rizon, the Bahrain-based executive jet company, has selected London Biggin Hill Airport, UK as its operating base. Parent company, Rizon Group Holdings, has secured an 80 year lease on land at the airport and constructed a new 13,000sqm hangar and ramp area.

The hangar houses an MRO facility and an AOC charter operation along with a Fixed Base Operation geared to meet the high expectations of its discerning Gulf-based clients.