Elekta’s international campus completes
The Manor Royal Business District, the biggest business park of the Gatwick Diamond area has seen the completion of the new Cornerstone development which will provide Elekta with their latest new 131,000 sq ft Grade A-office space.
Elekta invented the world’s first commercially-produced linear accelerator (linac), which delivers radiation in the form of high-energy x-rays to treat cancerous tumours.
The new Cornerstone facility is adjacent to and integrates Elekta’s existing UK headquarters on the five-acre site, combining both its research and development team, and its global product support and administration functions into the new premises. The development incorporates the latest in architectural and environmental design and it is formed with three styled angles, spread over 4-storeys with extensive landscaping. Spacious flexible floors have been designed to accommodate large multi-national project teams on single floors. In addition to break-out and meeting areas as well as a cafeteria, the modern facilities will also allow Elekta to host local and international medical business events.
Waterman’s Building Services team was appointed by developer Bridgecore to provide the Employers Requirements design and specification for the developments shell and core, category A and category B fit-out. The planning policy for this area encourages forward thinking and environmentally friendly building development. In cognisance of this, the design of scheme emphasis on sustainability, including the latest energy efficient air source heat pump technology, with the aim to achieve the internationally recognised BREEAM “Very Good” rating. The new building and complete fit-out was delivered by Kier who also won The Green Apple Award (Gold) this year for their environmental focus on site during the construction phase.
Mark Terndrup, Waterman’s Director, commented; “It has been a wonderful opportunity to help create this flagship office scheme for Elekta. This stunning new work space has been carefully designed to accommodate the state-of-the-art cancer care treatment research and a new radiotherapy centre of excellence. The team have worked exceptionally hard to deliver the scheme which had an ambitious programme and required close collaboration with Elekta to meet their exacting requirements.”