Building, civil engineering and structural steelwork contractor, Britcon has started works on site to deliver a £2.6 million, 30,000 sq. ft. extension to the Langage Science Park in Plymouth. Britcon is appointed to design and build the significant project by Plymouth City Council which owns the site.
Britcon is delivering two new blocks comprising nine different sized workshop and office units ranging from 1,200 sq. ft to 10,000 sq. ft. The buildings will include energy saving features such as solar photo-voltaic panels to minimise carbon emissions, efficient heating and increased levels on insulation.
The new workshops will be of steel frame construction and clad with Kingspan insulated panels fixed horizontally and vertically in contrasting colours to enhance the appearance. The window/curtain walling and door systems will be fitted with anti-sun glazing and look alike panels to also compliment the visual aspect.
Each workshop will have its own office space and facilities, designed with the ability to provide first floor offices for future expansion. The parking, loading bays and courtyard will be of block paving and the whole development will be fenced and gated for security.
Mick Bunyan at Britcon said:
“We are pleased to secure this contract and look forward to working with Plymouth City Council on this exciting and innovative project. We have been working closely with client team on early stages of design to enable the construction work to run smoothly from day one.
The development is being funded by the council’s investment fund as part of Plymouth’s plan to create and attract high end jobs. When completed it is expected to support up to 80 employees within advanced manufacturing and technology based businesses.
Planning permission was granted in May to transform the empty parcel of land near Plympton into a hub of economic activity. Britcon was subsequently appointed in September following competitive tender.
Britcon expects to complete and handover the buildings by September 2015.