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DK-Architects completes £1.8m thatched office

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[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Liverpool-based DK-Architects has completed this £1.8 million thatched office in Merseyside

The 1,090m2 building in Liverpool Road, Formby is clad in a mix of brickwork and traditional thatching and is the first building in the UK to use vertical thatch at this scale.

The scheme includes open plan offices, smaller cellular offices, meeting spaces, and a café.


The architect’s view

‘The Lighthouse office development provides a new base for a national insurance group occupying a prominent location on the main route into Formby. 

‘We worked closely with the contractor, the National Society of Master Thatchers, and Jhai Building Control Services to deliver the first building in the UK to employ vertical thatching on such a scale. Along with giving the building a bold distinctiveness, the thatch also contributes to the local character of the area with a large a number of traditional thatched cottages found throughout Formby.’ 


Project data

Location Liverpool Road, Formby 
Type of project private office
Client Formby Property
Architect DK-Architects
Structural engineer Sutcliffe Projects
M&E consultant KGA Partnership
Planning supervisor Sutcliffe Projects
Main contractor TBC
Funding private
Tender date N/A
Start on site date August 2012
Completion date February 2014
Contract duration 15 months
Gross internal floor area 1,090m2
Total cost £1.8 million

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