Janus Architecture provided design services for the recently completed headquarters for BAR Graphic Machinery Ltd in Bradford.
The state-of-the-art premises are the result of the full refurbishement of derelict workshops and extension to form offices and a showroom. The 10,000 sq ft building contains a machine manufacturing workshop, storage and distribution warehouse, showroom and office facilties, enabling the whole process to be established within the new headquarters.
“Our larger premises, together with our strong market position give BGM a good base for further growth. The new facilities are nearly three times the size of our previous premises, enabling us to increase output to meet increasing demand for our machines.
” The new building has played a major part in our continued growth, Visitors are impressed by it. The old premises held us back but now the fact that we have invested in quality premises reflects our belief in producing quality machines and is definitely helping us to win new business. ”
The 10th of February 2016 saw the inaugural training event for the new Manchester Teaching School Alliance facility based at Brookburn Primary School.
The new standalone facility provides a fully autonomous 32 person teaching space, complete with kitchen, office and WC facilities. Situated within the school grounds with separate parking spaces it provides Manchester TSA with a key facility to provide its teaching training programme.
In 2014 Janus Architecture were appointed to design the facility. Working closely with Schelene Ferris and her team, Janus developed the brief and concept in order to submit a planning application to Manchester City Council.
The planning process proved to be relatively complicated with careful consideration of both building material and landscaping. In particular, the location of the building with a “Zone 3a” Flood Zone presented a challenge. The resultant solution was a relatively high finished floor level with a floor void below the building allowing the free flow of flood water. This high floor level required both stair and ramped access which was sensitively integrated into the scheme.
Once the planning approval was obtained in October 2014 Janus oversaw a competitive tender process to find a suitable building contractor. A Bradford based company Stocksfield Construction proved to be most competitive and were duly appointed. The construction period commenced in early autumn 2015 and despite an exceptionally wet winter affecting ground conditions and progress early on in the programme, the project was successfully completed in time for the first training day scheduled for the 10th February 2016.
Despite the substantial challenges Janus Architecture were always mindful of the end goal which was to manage the process efficiently delivering an excellent facility within the budgetary constraints.
“Effective communication between the school, contractor and architect was always going to be the key to success” said Richard Keal – Director Janus Architecture.