This fantastic new Civic building has been designed to provide an innovative and contemporary workspace for the Council’s staff along with a series of public facing amenities. The office area includes workstations, meeting rooms / breakout and acoustic furniture areas. The public-facing amenities include a reception atrium and break out area with enterprise café and a large multi-function meeting space that can be subdivided into three spaces. To the rear, a new car park benefits from a unique solar array shading system distributed amongst generously landscaped areas.

The Civic hub was built using a structural steel frame with curtain walling including solid and glazed panels. Key features are:

  • Double-height reception and foyer, emphasising the civic function and maximising the generous building volumes
  • Public-facing breakout area and enterprise café
  • Open plan office space including workstations, meeting rooms, and breakout areas
  • Outdoor breakout space for the public
  • Generous staff amenity area facing a landscaped public space

The client received additional benefits e.g. accelerated programme and complex design incorporating a generous entrance foyer space and an ‘emergency’ meeting room. The building was ‘future proofed’ because the chamber can be portioned off to suit various uses. Innovations included a responsive façade and tapering and curved roof vaults; achieved through effective design collaboration.

The Covid-19 pandemic came at a pivotal time for the project, soon after we started on site. Our response included a wide variety of measures such as a review of design proposals to maintain the Council’s schedule. The team delivered an exceptional project on budget including outstanding levels of H&S through Faithful and Gould’s audit. ­

We achieved a sustainable building and project including:

  • BREEAM Very Good rating
  • Enhanced thermal performance and solar shading measures
  • Full Air Source Heat Pump technology to drive down energy consumption
  • On-site renewable energy generation including solar photo-voltaic array in the car park and on the roof, meeting up to 40% of the building’s energy use
  • Enhanced building fabric thermal performance (2.94 m³/m².hr at 50Pa achieved)
  • Hybrid Variable Refrigerant Flow system and sized cooling systems to address climate issues
  • Instantaneous electric hot water heaters serving lower demand areas
  • Natural materials and Twenty-two Electric Vehicle charging points
  • Circular Economy Value initiatives including below ground infrastructure for additional charging points, increased PV panels and energy efficient heating and cooling (resulting in reduced operational cost)
  • WELL Silver standard
  • EPC Rating of 141% over the Part L notional building and an EPC Rating ‘A+’
  • Staff amenity spaces and cycle parking to boost end user wellbeing

 “Working with both Urban & Civic and R G Carter for the delivery of the new Civic Hub Project was an exceptional experience and a great scheme to have been part of as the client’s project manager. They have been impressed with the level of service that R G Carter have provided and are therefore considering extending the maintenance arrangements for another year”

Andy Gale, Project Manager, Atkins Global – January 2022

Cambridgeshire County Council
Alconbury Weald, Cambridge
July 2021
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
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