Operations Centre

The building consolidates several Severn Trent Water office locations in an operations centre of 20,000sq.m. The project was designed to provide an exemplar solution enabling transformation of the business organisation; it sets a new benchmark of environmental performance for a large corporate occupier and has a BREEAM Excellent rating.

The building has two seven storey wings of accommodation arranged around a central atrium. The white masonry sleeves are attuned to the orientation, with small windows to the south and a more open aspect to the north to allow views of the city core. The wing ends have large bays articulated within the masonry, set back to provide balconies. At the west the bays have motorised aquamarine glass louvres.

The entrance is formed in a new landscaped public space acknowledging the city’s area masterplan. The building is designed to respect the historic site and context, to become part of the civic group including the Civic Centre and Crown Court.

The operations centre has adaptive cooling engaging the thermal mass of the concrete structure, with large volumes of fresh air. High levels of daylight minimise artificial light and enhance external contact. The building fabric is the primary moderator of climate in order to minimise energy input; water consumption is appropriately low for a leading water company.

Client: Severn Trent Plc.
Project Value: £51m
Completion: 2010
Award: BCO Midlands and East Anglia 2011: Corporate Workplace Award

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