BLACKPOOL COUNCIL OFFICES
Number One, Bickerstaffe Square is a flagship building for Blackpool, providing an efficient, flexible and inspiring new home for Blackpool Council, which significantly contributes to the ongoing regeneration of the town.
The office is a key part of the wider Talbot Gateway Central Business District, which has transformed the once run-down and traffic-filled area next to the railway station into an attractive and welcoming gateway into the town.
This BREEAM Excellent, EPC-A rated building has delivered a modern, welcoming and user-friendly working environment at excellent value for money, costing just £1,541.66 per m2 including Cat A and B fit outs.
KEYNSHAM CIVIC CENTRE & ONE STOP SHOP
The new Keynsham Civic Centre & One Stop Shop has completely transformed the town centre by creating a development which exceeds the expectations of a new council office and provides a catalyst for regeneration of the town.
The redevelopment replaces outdated 1960s buildings, bringing new jobs and investment to the town centre with a new 68000 ft2 Council office, Library and One-Stop-Shop, 20,000 ft2 retail located around two new pedestrian streets, a market square, new car parking and highways improvements.
“The building has been designed as a flexible working space available to all of the Council’s staff, so although there is a program of staff moves into designated areas, most of the desks are flexible and will be shared within and between the teams. In addition there are bookable meeting rooms, informal spaces for impromptu discussions, hot desks and comfortable break-out spaces on every floor. The hub of the civic centre will be the large atrium and café on the first floor with comfortable seating for 100 staff to work, to meet and relax. It’s a building for everybody.”
Jo Farrar, Chief Executive
NETWORK RAIL YORK CAMPUS
This £35m flagship campus, completed in March 2014, comprises of a Rail Operating Centre (ROC) and Training Centre (TC). The ROC, the largest of 12 UK centres, controls all rail operations on the East Coast Main Line. The TC, one of two larger national centres provides state-of-the-art learning to meet challenges running a modern railway. AHR has developed a design creating historic railway architecture in a contemporary manner, respecting operational needs of the brief.
“AHR have always performed at a high level, their designs demonstrate creativity, flair and innovation whilst also being practical. They are a practice that I will be continuing to work with”
Stephen Hind, Route Enhancement Manager, Network Rail