This global pharmaceutical corporation have engaged Alium as their design consultants for a number of projects in the UK. This project involved the design of a new conferencing facility for 220 people with associated toilet, film-suite, break-out and food servery facilities as well as a large flexible ‘collaboration’ space.
The project utilised the lower ground floor of an existing stand-alone building whose upper floor was already given over to a suite of meeting rooms. The design was to reference the existing facility in order to ensure there was no incongruity of look or function but at the same time have its own strong design aesthetic. The building had already been stripped back to its concrete frame and all HVAC, communications, lighting and drainage services were accordingly designed from scratch. Alium acting as Principle Designer developed the scheme from the client’s initial brief and were responsible for coordinating the consultancy team throughou. The project included a complicated redesign of the subterranean access and external elevations in order to create a new entrance door, a reconfigured disabled lift access and new internal escape stair. The existing upper-ground access stair was temporarily craned out of the way in order for form-work to be installed and a new raft foundation cast. When the new footongs and retaining walls were complete both the hard and soft landscaping were reinstated.
While the main auditorium was deliberately simple in design and aesthetic (due in part to the need to film much of the material presented) the quality of the lighting and audio visual installation was necessarily of a high standard.
Once the drawing and specifications were complete Alium in their role as Principle Designer then oversaw the competetive tender process that resulted in the appointment of ISG as Principle Contractor. Throughout the construction phase Alium continued to provide design input and cost-control as well as acting as the client's Contract Administration and CDM Co-ordination.
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