Design & Build – replacement of existing temporary buildings with new permanent building in line with local planning permissions & conditions.
Working closely with a locally appointed architect, GEL were able to propose changes to the existing plans that would enhance the new building making it environmentally friendly, comfortable, and sustainable; a real ‘statement’ for anyone attending the Thames Water Beckton site.
One of the biggest challenges overcome by GEL on the project was the design & implementation of a new ‘control centre’ for security (as this wasn’t included in the original plans); this was completed and transferred into the new building without any downtime, whilst making it aesthetically pleasing and ultimately keeping all the control services, the centre supplies, safe and secure for what is the biggest sewage treatment works in Europe.
The innovations GEL proposed and were ultimately approved by the local planning committees through a vigorous vetting process, The structure is timber clad in METSA wood an ethically grown & treated spruce which makes the building aesthetically pleasing from the outside. GEL also used the latest construction technology to have the building manufactured ‘off-site’, allowing for minimum site time and therefore, reduced safety risk.
The originally proposed green roof was replaced with PV cells which now provide power, heating and hot water for the building supporting both Thames Water’s & GEL’s environmental values. A ‘green’ wall was constructed, together with a timber bike store and green outside area for the benefit of staff and visitors and new safety barriers for pedestrian segregation.
The Wenta Business Centre
1 Electric Avenue