Quadrant:MK wins BCO Award
Network Rail’s National Centre in Milton Keynes – The Quadrant:MK has won the British Council for Offices’ (BCO) regional award for best corporate workplace and will be entered for the BCO’s nationwide awards in the latter part of 2013.
Quadrant:MK may initially appear like a conventional corporate workplace but this is a building enlivened by an exceptional environmental approach. The 400,000ft2 complex houses 3,000 staff in a flexible building that consumes just 25% of the energy and 30% of the water of a similar sized traditional office development and maintains an EPC rating of 18. This is achieved by a passive design approach that uses the building design, layout and orientation as the chief environmental tool rather than the application of supplementary technologies. Naturally ventilated atrium spaces provide fresh air intake and allow warm air to rise while the use of local materials, water metering and extensive public transport facilities also contribute to the building’s low carbon impact. Waterman were involved in developing the many exposed structures assisting both with the passive cooling of the building and in delivering the quality of space needed to win the award.
Acting as part of the delivery team including; GMW Architects, Mace and BAM Construction, Waterman was responsible for providing the Transport Assessment, Framework Travel Plan, Flood Risk Assessment, Geotechnical and various Ecological Studies. The civil, structural and services design encompassed a range of innovative sustainability solutions that contributed to it being one of the first buildings to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating under the 2009 assessment criteria.
In judging, the Quadrant:MK was considered a significant development that despite the sheer scale of the project still displayed intricate attention to detail in its completion. Described as a challenging and ambitious project it has allowed Network Rail to consolidate a large number of its regional offices into a single facility. The building design is future proof with sustainability at its heart.
The awards seek to define excellence in office space as well as provide public recognition for top quality design and functionality and a benchmark for excellence in workplaces.