Client: Bath and North East Somerset County Council
Engineering Disciplines: Structural, Advanced Timber
Designed by AHR, the Civic Centre and One Stop Shop comprises of a new Council office, library and One-Stop-Shop; retail space, two new pedestrian streets, a market square and a new car park. The office spaces have been designed with an intersperseding series of atria and break-out zones, creating a light, airy and high quality working environment.
The building structures are highly original in their use of hybrid materials - steel framing, CLT walls and floors that are made up of alternating CLT panels and precast concrete planks. This sustainable form of construction combines the low carbon effectiveness of CLT with the high thermal mass of the exposed concrete. The structural solution enables the maximum use of prefabrication, allowing construction time on site to be minimised, but requiring attentive detailing particularly at interfaces between different materials.
Energy efficiency was built-in to the design from the outset, which has enabled the building to achieve the top 'A' rating under the Government's Energy Performance Certification scheme. The project also features one of the largest photovoltaic installations on a UK public sector building which will provide 55% of the total annual electrical needs of the Council's office building.
The Centre has won a number of awards including:
2015 BCO National Awards - Best Corporate Workplace and Best of the Best Awards.
2015 BCO South West Corporate Workplace and Innovation Awards.
2015 RIBA South West and the Sustainability Awards.