As part of a national business improvement plan Network Rail commissioned a new 410,000ft2 office building in Milton Keynes for up to 3000 staff. The new building is on the site of the former National Hockey Stadium.
Waterman was appointed to provide civil and structural engineering input from planning application submissions through to completion of construction on site for the Quadrant:MK, Milton Keynes.
The development proposals included a multi-storey office structure with a central atrium, two separate multi-storey car parks and significant improvements to the public realm on a plot of approximately 3.5ha. The building was designed to maximise future flexibility of uses. The site is bound on all sides by busy roads and is located close to Central Milton Keynes Railway Station.
The works included demolition of the existing structure, design of the new buildings and accesses for cars and other uses, diversion of services, provision of utilities and street lighting, incorporate Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) practices as well as accommodating local authority environmental requirements.
In assisting to securing the planning consent Waterman prepared the transport assessment, framework travel plan, flood risk assessment, geotechnical and various ecological studies.
The civil, structural and services design encompassed many innovative sustainability solutions that contributed to this being one of the first buildings to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating under the 2009 assessment criteria.
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