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BG Group Headquarters

Location

Reading

Programme

2007 - 2009

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A refurbishment project for BG Group’s corporate head office in Reading; the complex comprises 4 buildings over a total area of 27,550m². The existing premises were reconfigured and refurbished to create flexible working environments capable of accommodating substantial growth in staff numbers over the next five years. As well as providing for the increase in staff, the project provided an opportunity to create improved and modern workplace accommodation, as well as replacing existing site infrastructure and services. A key focus for the project was the consideration of environmental issues.

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The complicated build sequence required the stripping out and refitting of the four buildings and the campus-wide movement of BG Group’s 1200 staff without interruption to any of the group’s services. This was achieved by manufacturing as many elements of the works as possible off site. The ceiling systems used throughout the scheme comprise a series of panelised elements which bring together the chilled ceilings with the lighting and telecommunications so that these form a single installation process. In so doing, construction time is dramatically reduced and on-site labour is reduced to an absolute minimum. By closely co-ordinating services and allowing flexibility of control (either autonomously through the building’s Building Management System or by allowing occupants to adjust controls via their PC) the cooling and lighting capacity can be focused only in those areas where they are needed, reducing environmental impact and emissions. Rather than providing fixed meeting rooms and cellular accommodation, a demountable partition system was designed that allows the swift erection of offices, meeting rooms or enclosed workspaces as and when they are required.

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