The Home Office employs more than 1,000 people in Sheffield, working across five separate sites, for the newly created Border and Immigration Agency. To consolidate the Agency’s office functions and make efficiency gains, a new building – Vulcan House – was commissioned to house all employees in a clean, green, modern, purpose-built structure in the heart of the city.
One of the key requirements of the brief was for the building to have an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating.
The provision of highly sustainable and environmentally-sound buildings is becoming increasingly important in new build projects and, in terms of environmental best practice, this seven-storey, 12,500 sq m office sets a standard for others to follow. Together Bailey and Bailey Off-Site have worked since November 2005 with principal contractor Wilson Bowden to ready the £20m premises for the Home Office to take occupancy this autumn.
NG Bailey has been involved in the design, build and fit-out of the M&E services, demonstrating environmental best practice through the installation of CFC-free ammonia chillers, hydrocarbon local air conditioning, a heat recovery ventilation system and an intelligent building management system – all of which will reduce both running costs and the environmental impact. Added to this, the client benefited from Bailey’s prefabrication expertise through the manufacture of pipework modules, fan coil unit (FCU) modules and plant room skids.
Wilson Bowden Development
Hadfield Cawkwell & Davidson
Mott MacDonald (Home Office), Hannan Associates (Wilson Bowden)
Driver Jonas (Home Office), Turner & Townsend (Wilson Bowden)
White Young Green
Vulcan House has already achieved an ‘excellent’ rating from BREEAM – a first for any building in Sheffield – and will operate as a HFC-free environment with no ozone-depleting gases. The development is considered a benchmark in sustainability and energy management, with natural resources such as daylight and rainwater being used to assist the heating, cooling and lighting systems.
A further feature of the design is the green vegetation roof, which absorbs the sun’s rays in summer, thus cooling the building and acting as an extra insulation blanket in winter.