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Bolsover District Council – Shirebrook Enterprise Centre

The design and construction of a new BREEAM Excellent Enterprise Centre for Bolsover District Council. This project is part funded by the European Union.

Client

Bolsover District Council

Value

£3.8m

Commencement

September 2011

Duration

September 2011 - June 2012

Contract

JCT Design & Build 2009

Architect

James Totty Partnership

Contract Administrator

Turner & Townsend

Key Features

• BREEAM Excellent rated
• Solar PV, Wind Turbine
• Business Management facilities
• New business nursery units

Project Background

Bolsover District Council is a non-constituent partner member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, and provides a range of services to the residents and businesses of Bolsolver, Derbyshire.

In 2011, J Tomlinson was contracted by the council to design and construct a flagship Enterprise Centre in Shirebrook which would comprise a mix of office and workshop units designed for occupation by small and medium-sized enterprises. The vacation of these much needed start-up units was anticipated to enable the growth and development of further new businesses. The project received partial funding from the European Union.

The centre was the first environmentally-friendly building constructed for the council to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation, and offering modern renewable technologies to provide efficiency savings for its occupants.


J Tomlinson Solution

Constructing an energy-efficient building

The mechanical installation included gas fired absorption heat pumps, a mixture of passive and mechanical ventilation, and under-floor heating distribution via a service trench within the ground floor corridor with service risers feeding every individual unit. J Tomlinson installed dedicated plant spaces on the single-storey roof areas, with safe means of access.

The electrical installation consisted of a small power data lighting distribution and the installation of photovoltaic panels to the main roof area.

Following planning consent, we also installed a small vertical axis wind turbine, which would generate electricity for occupants of the centre.

BREEAM ‘Excellent’ project

The centre was the first environmentally-friendly building constructed for the council to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation, offering modern renewable technologies to provide efficiency savings for occupants. The project received a BREEAM assessment score of 73.80%, which benefited from:

CCS Audits – following two audits, J Tomlinson achieved formal certification under the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), achieving a score of 34.00 against the target of 32.00.

Construction Waste Management – site operatives were encouraged to recycle all non-hazardous construction waste, which was enabled via a dedicated recycling area. Through effective monitoring and tool-box talks, approximately 388 tonnes of construction waste was segregated and recycled throughout the project.

On-time and budget completion

The project was completed on time and in budget, and has since acted as a key ‘graduation space’ for businesses looking to progress from start-up accommodation.


Project Achievements

  • ON-TIME AND IN-BUDGET COMPLETION – The project was completed on time and in budget, and has since acted as a key ‘graduation space’ for businesses looking to progress from start-up accommodation
  • BREEAM ‘EXCELLENT’ RATING – achieved through excellent waste management and a raft of energy-efficiency measures including solar panelling and wind turbines
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT – J Tomlinson involved the wider community in the project through school site visits and work experience placements
  • LONG-TERM SAVINGS – the energy efficiency measures implemented within the project will help the council and the building’s occupants save costs and energy throughout the lengthy life-cycle of the centre