Designed by the well-respected architects Spence Harris Hogan (SHH), the 900 sq m development forms part of a wider scheme located in rural surroundings at Cowdown Farm. The site was formerly a selection of farm buildings but is now being redeveloped by Ruby Ocean Trading into a secure storage facility with ancillary office space.
The project involved the construction a large workshop connected to the existing building by a bespoke frameless glazed walkway. LST’s scope of works included the installation of a steel portal frame with a steep pitch to reflect the appearance of a traditional farm barn as well as extensive external cladding.
The cladding system was originally going to consist of a dark timber boarding, but through discussions with the build team the design was changed to a high-quality Aluminium and Trespa clad finish to meet the need for a low maintenance building for years to come.
One of the biggest challenges was a high-water table which meant there was excess surface water across the construction area. To overcome this, we installed specialist pumping equipment and new drainage formed part of the scope of works.
Throughout the project, we also had to ensure there was no disruption to the existing commercial facilities on the site. Access had to be maintained at all times, so we formed a new temporary access road to achieve this.
Throughout the build process, security was a priority as the wider site was also home to a valuable car collection, so we had to install additional security gates and lighting.
LST was on site for 13 months and completed the project on time and within budget.
“It was a pleasure to work with the LST team who all had a real ‘can-do’ attitude. Their skills ensured that any variations were accommodated throughout the project and that the construction programme remained on schedule.”