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The Volkswagen Audi Group brand is synonymous with innovation so when they decide to build a £24m office development to further enhance their presence in Milton Keynes, it was always going to be very contemporary. Housing 360 staff it had to be practical but also represent the core values of the institution with regards to aesthetics, design, sustainability and also environmentally friendly in its application.
The four storey 100,000 square foot head office building includes flexible working spaces, a theatre-style conference centre, staff restaurant and coffee shop. Externally there is a staff car park with a Sustainable Urban Drainage System and bike storage. The building designers PHP Architects were given a brief that pays homage to the sleek profile of their car range. As with all modern commercial buildings, sectors have been devoted to social space and break-out areas. These external regions have been decked with Terrafina Excel Decking to provide a clean, smooth, low maintenance surface which is surrounded by glass balustrades and adorned with planters.
|Architect: PHP Architects||Main Contractor: Vinci Construction UK Ltd|
|Product Installer: PDS Carpentry||Project Value: £24 Million|
|Lead Time: 4-6 Weeks||Construction Period: 2 years|
|Procurement Route: Design & build|
Whilst the product has a host of advantages it is also backed up by an unrivalled technical support system. As Roger Antrobus, Project Manager of the main contractor, VINCI, explains. “ Kinley visited site and attended design meetings with our own team and PHP Architects. They also met up with the sub-contract installers, PDS Carpentry, to aid with installation guidance and material take-off. The assistance didn’t end there as Kinley’s business development manager, Richard McMullan, also visited site during installation to advise on fitting and carry out quality control checks”
The clean lines of the Terrafina decking compliments the overall building facade and as with the VAG brand great design and good looks can still be achieved without compromising your budget.
The Terrafina decking came as a system with a consistent quality appearance that required no more finishing on site. It was easy to clean and at time of handover the decking was looking as if it had just been laid.