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Sheppard Robson reveals new Birmingham office for Interserve

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Sheppard Robson has unveiled designs for a new 12,000m2 office building for construction firm Interserve

The scheme, which will sit next to Birmingham International Airport and Birmingham International Railway Station, forms part of the region’s regeneration strategy being dubbed UK Central (previously known as the M42 Economic Gateway).

The building will house the contractor’s 1,200 staff who are currently located in five different offices across the region.

Arranged around a central atrium the office’s triangular shaped plan features collaborative spaces at the core alongside a restaurant and café at ground floor level.

David Ardill, partner at Sheppard Robson, said: ‘We wanted to create a distinctive, highly efficient building that encapsulated the ambitions of Interserve but also acted as a marker for the future regeneration of the area.

We wanted to create a distinctive marker for the future regeneration of the area

‘The building has been designed to perform incredibly efficiently, continuing a theme of our work – recently seen in projects like the Siemen Middle East HQ in Abu Dhabi – that rigorously explores how a building’s envelope can be tuned to create effective passive solutions that transform the way a building performs.’

Tim Haywood, Interserve’s group finance director, added: ‘Interserve has been a feature of the economic landscape of the region for many years and we are committed to investing in its future. This new hub is not only a signal of this commitment but a major step forward towards realising our ambition to create a sustainable and inspirational environment for our people. The new building is an opportunity to bring all our business divisions together in one place and we look forward to the project progressing on site in 2015.’

The project is set to start on site next year (2016) and is due to complete at the end of 2017.

Sheppard Robson Interserve

The architect’s view

The project has been designed to capture the ambition of Interserve’s SustainAbilities agenda and the company’s drive to create a collaborative, inspirational working environment.  The exterior of Sheppard Robson’s design is characterised by the building’s stepped structure, creating a strong form that translates into a varied range of internal spaces that will be designed by Sheppard Robson’s interior design group, ID:SR. The palette of external materials includes concrete soffits with horizontal bands of anodised aluminium.

Project data

Location Solihull, Birmingham
Type of project office
Client Interserve
Architect Sheppard Robson
Landscape consultant Planit
Structural engineer Arup
M&E consultant Arup
Quantity surveyor Interserve
Main contractor Interserve Construction
Funding Private
Start on site date early 2016
Completion date late 2017
Gross internal floor area 12,000m2
Total cost private
Specific environmental target BREEAM Excellent

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Haven't they just relocated the old central library.That make me as a ex brummie , a happy man.

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  • J C Muirhead

    There is something of the ghost of libraries past about it...

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