Maxium occupancy, affordable running costs
BAM optimised the mechanical and electrical systems within FORE to provide an occupational density of 1:8 sq m, so the buildings can comfortably house 20% more staff than all local competitors. These enhancements also mean occupiers can save up to 63% on their utility bills compared with a similar office building developed in the 1990s.
In July 2014, we sold the entire park to IM Properties for more than £21m.
Preserving local wildlife
Given that the surrounding parkland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, we took an 'ecology first' approach to construction works.
In partnership with the Environment Agency, we put measures in place to protect the existing badger sett, 650m2 of protected sedge grass, and trees with preservation orders.
This involved carefully planned working methods, such as installing a temporary service bridge to gain access so we could excavate the pond and divert storm water. We also planted semi-mature trees throughout the site.
Enhancing local employment and education
We made the most of the different ecological habitats to support the curriculum for local schools. On World Environment Day, we invited students to see the habitats for themselves, take part in a site tidy and install bird boxes.
By providing on-site work experience, we supported training opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses from the local area.