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Warehouse to office conversion keeps the workers happy

A 1940s building once used to store steel has been transformed with two expansive staircases, floating glass meeting rooms and workspaces for 150 staff

In association with
Tata Steel's Building Solutions UK offices in Shotton, north Wales.
Tata Steel's Building Solutions UK offices in Shotton, north Wales.

Building Systems UK, a Tata Steel company, has repurposed an historic warehouse on its Shotton site in north Wales. 

Originally used to store steel coils and steel products, the 1940s building fell into disrepair until 2006 when it was briefly used to test new sustainable construction products, including thermal heat producing cladding systems.

The company's existing office on the site had become dilapidated, outdated and in need of a full refurbishment so the decision was made to convert the warehouse for office use using its own products.

The remodel involved creating four large ‘floating’ meeting rooms, putting in two floors, plus staircases, balconies, lifts for accessibility and offices for 150 staff.

To achieve this, a combination of structural steel, steel composite flooring and all associated wall and roof products had to be installed into an already standing structure - a technically complex project that also presented a challenge in terms of health and safety.

  • One of the floating offices.
    One of the floating offices.
  • Staircase incorporating balcony and seating.
    Staircase incorporating balcony and seating.
  • Two staircases were inserted into the already standing structure.
    Two staircases were inserted into the already standing structure.
  • The new offices provide productive environments for meeting and collaboration.
    The new offices provide productive environments for meeting and collaboration.
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Building Systems UK utilised sustainable products throughout the build, including Unglazed Transpired Solar Collectors – a solar air heating solution – on the 250m2 south-facing facade, and 120m2 of photovoltaic panels across the newly refurbished roof to generate energy and heat.

To reduce energy use in the building, high performance, air tight 90mm thick Trimapanel Insulated Panels were specified for all the walls and roof areas.

As well as making the new offices sustainable in performance, Building Systems UK specified products that could be easily re-used or recycled in the future. Steel is a great solution for this and it can reused forever.

The innovative TrimawallTM utilising TrisofixTM system was specified for the internal wall fit out. This demountable steel-framed walling system can be fixed together with no wet trades and is easy to demount for change of use or reconfiguration. 

Building Systems UK has created an inspiring workplace that fully reflects the responsibility it feels towards its staff.

Building Systems UK provides a full range of steel building envelope products, steel flooring and steel processing services. All products comply with the Responsible Sourcing Framework standard certification BES 6001 and are manufactured from one UK source with full traceability.  

For more information and technical support, visit tatasteeleurope.com/building-systems-uk

Contact:

01244 892199
technical.envelopeproducts@tatasteeleurope.com


 

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