Building Innovation at the core of Barnwood Construction’s latest project…

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Barnwood Construction has successfully completed a stunning new office development located in Cheltenham’s new business quarter.

Honeybourne Place will provide more than 64,000 sqft of prime grade A office space in a superb Business Quarter location with excellent transport links. The site on which it has been built was previously a car park and before that, an old railway works.

The developer, Formal Investments, had obtained a pre-let tenant and work commenced on site in July 2017. Five months into the contract the tenant withdrew, leaving Formal Investments with a dilemma. Their solution was to modify the scheme and enhance the building specifications to make it the premier office development in Cheltenham.

Modifications included moving from the construction of a basic shell and core to a more complete category A development. This required the redesign of the entire structure to enable free span floor plates and adding prestigious reception facilities on the ground floor, all of which Barnwood tackled without unnecessary delay to the project delivery. As the new offices are next to a cycle and pedestrian way, linked directly to the town centre and railway station, extra facilities were added to encourage occupants to travel to work by cycle or on foot. These included showers, changing facilities and cycle parking.

Innovative design, including a PV array to provide renewable energy, brise soleil solar shading, solar control glazing and sensor control lighting will reduce the building’s carbon footprint and make efficient use of energy and resources. The completed contemporary design provides 64,000 ft2 of net office space over six floors.

Barnwood’s collaborative approach working with Gloucester-based architects, Roberts Limbrick Ltd, and the rest of the project team has resulted in the creation of an exceptional working environment, at the same time having minimal impact on the natural environment.

“We were excited to help create this excellent new addition to Cheltenham’s Business Quarter. Having worked with Formal Investments on previous projects, we know that Honeybourne Place will be a building of the highest quality and a real positive for the local economy.”Adam Welland, Senior Contracts Manager, Barnwood Construction

Honeybourne Place is the latest of a number of high-profile buildings across the region which have been built by the company.

For over 55 years, Gloucester-based Barnwood Construction has been building a reputation for quality, collaboration and delivery. While the construction company also works on industrial buildings, it’s been responsible for some of the region’s highest profile commercial buildings, from the second St James’s Place HQ building in Cirencester to the stunning Innovation Centre at global manufacturer Renishaw’s Wotton-under-Edge headquarters.

Last year Barnwood built the new Forest of Dean college campus in Cinderford on behalf of Gloucestershire College. This challenging project involved constructing the first new building on the town’s Northern Quarter redevelopment on a site with ecological challenges that Barnwood successfully overcame. Also in 2018, Barnwood completed the building of the prestigious Schrödinger Building on the Oxford Science Park, owned by Magdalen College Oxford. Barnwood Construction built the four-storey office building and associated external works for Oxford Science Park as a speculative CAT A project. The stunning 61,500 ft2 laboratory and office facility is designed to promote collaboration and cross-fertilisation of ideas.

Barnwood’s focus is on achieving lasting value for its clients and positive experiences for those who use their buildings. Through knowledge, ingenuity and wealth of experience, the company works collaboratively and creatively to ensure outcomes that are pragmatic, sustainable and cost-effective. Barnwood considers the way it does business is just as important as the service it provides.

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