We ensured that the building’s green credentials were not limited to the finished product and worked hard during the construction phase to source environmentally appropriate products and to minimise waste.
(PRWeb UK) May 5, 2010
Manchester and Cheshire Construction, a leading north west construction company, have completed a £1.5million HQ for flooring manufacturer Flowcrete.
The Duke of Gloucester opened the new offices in Sandbach yesterday, which will serve as the company’s global headquarters.
The new base, a mixture of new buildings and refurbishment, was designed to be as eco-friendly as possible to match Flowcrete's products.
Features such as a green roof, underfloor heating and solar-powered vents mean the firm has cut its energy consumption by 93 per cent compared to its old offices.
Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester, was given a tour of the offices. The Duke trained and worked as an architect before the death of his elder brother meant he became his father's heir, taking on increased royal duties and the responsibility for the family estate in Northamptonshire.
Flowcrete technical services director Peter Dolby oversaw the new office project.
"We wanted our new office to reflect our commitment to the environment. The office has also been developed as a showcase for our floor finishes, within a bright, airy space that provides an optimum working environment."
Mr Dolby said eco-friendly features include a thermally efficient glazed wall and a 'green' roof made up of a living carpet of plants, which absorbs carbon dioxide, adds thermal insulation and provides an environment for birds, insects and other wildlife.
Air source heat pumps and underfloor heating eliminate the need for boilers and there is no air conditioning. Air is cooled by reversing the underfloor heating to absorb heat from the building.
Manchester and Cheshire Construction, strong advocates of sustainable construction, have a track record of completing complex and difficult projects, and Flowcrete’s HQ certainly fits into this category as Project Manager, Eugene O’ Callaghan, explains;
"The mixture of extension and refurbishment, along with the eco-friendly requirements, made this an interesting and demanding project to undertake. We ensured that the building’s green credentials were not limited to the finished product and worked hard during the construction phase to source environmentally appropriate products and to minimise waste. Our client base is made up of blue-chip organisations such as the Royal Mail, Manchester Airport and the University of Manchester, and we are delighted to have added a global brand such as Flowcrete to this list."
Manchester and Cheshire Construction Co. Ltd.
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Manchester and Cheshire Construction Co. Ltd. was founded in 1971 by Charles Lowe and John Purcell. It undertakes building and civil engineering projects up to £2million in value throughout the north west of England. Since the economic crises started the company has recorded its highest and 2nd highest turnover. It currently employs 45 staff - more than when the recession began.
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