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Walker Simpson completes Girlguiding HQ in Preston

[First look + plans + project data] Manchester-based Walker Simpson Architects has completed a 435m² purpose-built regional headquarters for Girlguiding in Preston, Lancashire

The £633,000 building will act as the administration hub and meeting place for the youth charity’s North-West members.

The scheme features a large cantilevered entrance canopy complete with illuminated logo, which covers outdoor seats and a display area for camping equipment.

Sitting on the corner of a commercial development site, the scheme is clad in Siberian larch fixed back to a bright yellow Ruukki insulated panel on a steel portal frame.

Inside, the column-free spaces allow a flexible and adaptable floorplate. Currently the building houses a meeting room, that can be subdivided by an acoustically treated sliding/folding partition, a large kitchen and a toilets.

The project was designed in collaboration with engineers Partington & Associates and delivered by Brookhouse Developments.

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Photography by Hufton+Crow

Sue Lomas, region chief commissioner of Girlguiding North West England, said: ‘It is incredibly exciting to have a building that is so different and we take great pride in being able to offer our growing organisation a contemporary space that can help girls and young women discover their potential.’

Project data


Architects: Walker Simpson Architects
Location: Preston, UK
Type Of Project: Commercial Office for use by national charity.
Structural Engineers: Partington & Associates
Design Team: Walker Simpson Architects, Petit Singleton Associates, Integral BCS, Redloft
Client: Girl Guiding North West England & Brookhouse Developments.
Tender date: April 2012
Start on site date: July 2012
Contract duration: 36 weeks
Gross internal floor area: 435m2
Form of contract and/or procurement: Design & Build (JCT DB 05)
Total cost: £632,886.84  
M&E consultant: Petit Singleton Associates
Quantity surveyor: Brookhouse Developments
Planning supervisor: Partington & Associates
Main contractor: Brookhouse Developments

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