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Associated Architects bags go-ahead for Telford hub

Associated Architects has won planning for Telford and Wrekin Council’s new public services centre and tourist information office

The Southwater 1 building will form the centrepiece of the £250 million Telford Southwater masterplan and includes a one-stop-shop, a telephone support centre, library, bars, restaurants and a café.

The project is due to open its doors in spring 2014.

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The architect’s view

Located at a key nodal point between the town and a new public square and lake, the building seamlessly blends building and landscape with its curved, organic form, designed in response to the site’s peninsula like location. A solid masonry base, steps back at the upper floors, to provide terraces and green roofs. The gold anodised aluminium facades are fragmented to provide articulation and solar shading, as well as focusing dramatic views in and out of the building and maintaining visual connections between town, building and landscape.

Telford and Wrekin’s aspiration is for the building to be an exemplar of sustainability, with solutions including district heating, mixed-mode ventilation using solar powered fans, high level heat recovery and exposed thermal mass.

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