The needs of The Wellcome Trust were simple, to create a physical link between the three buildings and provide library, reception, office and recreational facilities within a new nine-storey building.
The creation of an enlarged reception and exhibition area enabled us to use natural daylight to enhance the high quality materials we had selected within the interior: granite floors, polished textured plaster walls and satin stainless steel and glass stairway, all highly crafted elements which combined to create a quality environment.
Throughout the entire interior each individual material was carefully considered from door veneer to hand selected granite from Italy to specially designed statutory signage.
The endless pursuit of perfection, affected all disciplines and contractors but the finished result is one of sheer enrichment and extremely high quality.
The Lafarge Tarmac new head office, Portland House, provides an opportunity to demonstrate how the inherent characteristics of concrete make it the building material of choice for this modern, sustainable office development.
The development offers 5,570m2 of brand new landmark office space. The site covers three acres close to the NEC, Birmingham International Airport and train station.
A rating of very good was awarded to the development under the Building Research Establishment’s BREEAM award scheme. The ceilings of each wing are designed in a barrel-vault shape to provide a large exposed concrete surface, making the most of the thermal mass quality of concrete, improving acoustic control and maximising daylight penetration.
Designed to the highest standard, Portland House represents the best in office accommodation, utilising modern construction techniques and traditional materials.
The brief was to provide a health and fitness facility with a spacious reception area, refurbishment of existing facilities with provision for disabled access.
The proposal provided an architectural statement that would stimulate interest and attract new visitors to the leisure facility. The radial plan form of the building creates panoramic views over Hartham common from the health and fitness suite.
The principal structure consists of an array of exposed glulam beams supported on finely detailed steelwork columns. A high level roof light allows natural daylight to illuminate the reception area and gymnasium spaces and highlight the exposed timber structure.
The philosophy behind the interior design proposal for the golf clubhouse and health and fitness facility was to bring people together into a dynamic environment.
Whether participating or just visiting the building, we considered it important to make people feel included and part of the sporting activities.
The new reception area offers views of the swimming pool, treatment rooms and the bar/restaurant facilities, immediately making people feel part of the health and fitness atmosphere. This considered piece of architecture is further enhanced by the use of strong colours and ample natural lighting throughout the interior spaces.