The Forum in Hemel Hempstead is state-of-the-art home for Dacorum Borough Council and a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated, energy-efficient building.
The Forum covers 75,0002 feet and has a number of sustainable features. It utilises solar panels to generate its own power, and water for the toilets and heating is supplied naturally by rainfall, and then held in an underground reservoir.
The project which RG Carter were involved in from the earliest stage, involved the design, build and fit-out of a four-storey office space, which included a Council Chamber, Mayors Office, Public Library and other government-funded facilities. The building features a striking central atrium, encompassing a café on the ground floor.
The building construction includes a reinforced concrete frame, consisting of exposed concrete finishes. To achieve the consistent high quality finishes, our team adopted BS8110 and NBS clause 630 for guidance.
The Forum is a striking new landmark at the northern end of Hemel Hempstead, and was a fulfilling project for all those involved.
The building will be open to the public in early 2017 and will not only provide an attractive new central shared services hut for the community, but will also reduce the Council’s energy costs significantly. As part of our commitment to the local community, R G Carter partnered with Job Centre Plus and employed a trainee to gain work experience throughout the duration of the project.
Pupils from a local primary school made regular visits to the site, they held a health and safety poster competition, the winning poster was displayed on the hoarding and the winning pupil was invited to attend the topping out ceremony.
Over 200 construction students visited the site from West Herts College, giving the students an understanding of the issues involved in constructing a large building. Students from bricklaying, electrical engineering and other related subjects were given first handed experience on the issues that have been involved.
The Firm worked with the Princes Trust to provide periods to accommodate young people to attend site to gain any work experience. A lecture morning was being held to educate the general public and West Herts College about building design and construction and energy efficiency.
Peter Eaton, Director at Arkett Swanke Architects gave a talk on the building design and how design and materials interact to produce a multi functional facility. Neil Burns, Director of Aecom conducted a lecture on energy efficiency, explaining the opportunity to save energy in office buildings and how the mixed mode air conditioning and heating systems uses natural ventilation to maximise environmental control in The Forum.
The project team worked very closely with Dacorum Borough Council on the project to ensure we left behind a legacy through the education of the students in the construction industry.