Like many other town centres, Keynsham was subject to unsympathetic development, falling victim to the architectural fashion of the 1960’s. The town suffered badly when the Cadbury factory closed in 2011 and needed positive intervention. The town centre recently underwent a regeneration programme - the objective was to generate commercial and residential growth. Keynsham has a population of over 16,000, making it one of the region’s largest urban areas, however, over half of the resident working population travel to work elsewhere. The town centre environment was compromised by poor quality development, traffic management and pedestrian links to the car parks and park. As a result, the town centre met with functional requirements rather than meeting with 21st Century lifestyle expectations. The key driver for the development was to generate new jobs and homes - to revitalise the town centre. The overall regeneration programme emerged from a £50m private sector investment in the former Cadbury factory site at Somerdale.
Under the banner of Believe in Better Buildings (BiBB), BskyB's new educational facility for graduates, apprentices and staff training, reflects the company's sustainable aspirations. Based at the Campus at Osterley, West London, the 3,000m2 development encompasses a three storey linear building with an additional storey accommodating a restaurant and roof terrace - all providing an inviting multi-functional amenity.
The educational facility is the first in a series of initiatives using the power of television, creativity and sport to help young people achieve their potential by gaining the skills, experience and inspiration needed to help prepare them for the world of employment. The objective of the project is to construct a low energy
structure within a short time period - making solid timber and timber cassettes the optimum rapid and sustainable solution.
Gloucester Gateway Services opened in May 2014 with the ambition to become a sustainable alternative to the typical lacklustre motorway service stations. As the UK’s leading sustainable frame contractor recognised for quality and innovation, X-LAM Alliance were considered the perfect partner for this project – working with AFL Architects and engineers Buro Happold, Gloucester Gateway Services has now been classed as ‘Britain’s greenest motorway services.’
Situated in Grantham, Lincolnshire, the development will house 200 staff with an aim to provide a sustainable office, which achieves a BREEAM excellent rating. To achieve the desired sustainability requirements, X-LAM Alliance provided the cross laminated timber structure - providing a naturally engineered high load bearing solution, with strong environmental benefits, to stay in line with the original brief. Cross laminated timber is also exceptionally beneficial when it comes to the whole life cycle costs of a building, as it is naturally resistant to strong chemicals, therefore requiring practically no maintenance.
Main Contractor- Willmott Dixon Construction Limited,
Client- Bath and North East Somerset Council,
Sector- Infrastructure Constructon,
Products- Cross Laminated, Timber, Glulam, Steel, Precast Concrete