Appointed by Sir Robert McAlpine, Briggs & Forrester Engineering Services have been engaged to deliver the design & build MEP contract for One Centenary Way, the next phase of Development Manager Argent’s £700m Paradise scheme in Birmingham.
Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the new office building will overlook the transformed Centenary Square and open out onto Centenary Way. The development is set to become a renowned city landmark and will act as a gateway to Birmingham’s Paradise development.
The 280,000 sq ft building spans 13 floors including a 2 storey basement with car parking and cycle facilities which extends over the full width of the Queensway Tunnel below. At 30m long and weighing in at over 1,000 tonnes, the steel trusses span the roadway below are not only challenging from a structural perspective, but also from a the building services coordination perspective. Briggs & Forrester have utilised in-house designers to develop the design from concept and coordination throughout Stage 4.
The office floor plates have been developed in line with BCO standards utilising fan coil units and low energy LED lighting, with Air Source Heat Pumps supplying heating and cooling to the offices utilising the latest in ASHP technology. This allows the building to be all-electric with a target to be significantly better than standard Part L compliance requirements. The roof plant areas will house HV/LV switch panels, generators, AHU’s and wet service plant rooms. At ground level will reside space for shops and restaurants.
One Centenary Way will be the first building in the second phase of the Paradise development and the installation of MEP services is due to start on site in summer this year.