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Farrells wins planning for Marlow office retrofit

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Farrells has won planning for the transformation of a 1980s office building in Marlow, Buckinghamshire

The 5,000m² building, which was once the headquarters of car manufacturer Volvo, is to be retrofitted and refurbished transforming it into an open-plan office.

The plans include a new triple height entrance pavilion, a top-lit central atrium, and a new roof level office and meeting room space.

The building’s existing floor plates are being rationalised and floor to ceiling heights increased to improve daylight levels. It is also being re-clad to create a more open and transparent external appearance.

Russ Hamilton, design partner at Farrells said: ‘Our vision is to transform Volvo House so it is fit for modern use, with an efficient and elegant internal layout. The building will have a newly refined external appearance, sitting pavilion like within a wonderful park setting.’

Located at Globe Park, the scheme sits on an existing business park close to the M40, M40 and Marlow town centre.  

The scheme is set to start on site in January 2015.

Farrells Marlow

Project data

Location Globe Park, Marlow
Type of project retrofit and refurbishment of commercial property
Client Concept Business Group
Architect Farrells
Planning consultant Savills
Commercial agent Savills
Project management Turner & Townsend
Structural engineer WSP
M&E consultant WSP
Transport consultant WSP
Quantity surveyor Turner & Townsend
Start on site date January 2015
Completion date September 2015
Gross internal floor area 5,000m²

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