QSP Construction Group has almost completed a new office and warehouse development for Ortho-Care (UK) Ltd in Chandler’s Wharf, Shipley.
Established in 1982, Ortho-Care UK Ltd is a specialist supplier of orthodontic products to orthodontic practices, laboratories, hospitals and dental dealers throughout the UK and around the world. Around 15 per cent of sales are from exports to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Ireland and Australia.
Richard Garford, Managing Director of Ortho-Care (UK) Ltd, said: “We considered a number of possible sites but this suits the needs of the business and our staff. It provides a vastly improved working environment. We’re making this investment when the outlook for the business here in the UK – which is our core market – and abroad remains promising.”
The £2.5m project began in March 2011 and is expected to be completed in January 2012. Most of the work is now complete, with just the floor finishes, painting and decorating and final commissioning to take place.
The 280,000 sq ft development was designed by Robinson Architects and covers three floors. The materials used during the construction phase comprise a mixture of architectural render and plastisol cladding to walls and plastisol cladding and sarnafil elastomeric to roofs. Other features include external walling stone, zinc cladding and aluminium windows.
The building includes a conference room with video conferencing, which will enable Ortho-Care (UK) Ltd to increase its training and transmit overseas lectures for dental nurses and technicians. In addition, there is a staff room and a gymnasium.
Each area of the building is zoned according to function – warehousing, manufacturing, offices and staff facilities – and the development features mixed mode heating and ventilation solutions. Furthermore, the majority of the building, as well as the external feature lighting, will be entirely lit by second generation occupation controlled light diodes. The light diodes are not only extremely energy efficient, but they are also very low maintenance, with 50% energy loading across a 15-year life span.
Architecturally striking, the building has been designed in the shape of a ship. Situated on a tight, triangular site with roads along two sides and a canal on the third side, the building fits into a triangle and then comes out into a wedge, before returning to a more uniform, rectangular structure.
Martyn Brown, Director of QSP Construction Group, said: “We have been delighted to be associated with this prestigious and futuristic building, which has provided many construction challenges along the way.
“The combination of numerous external materials, the building’s futuristic shape and the location of the building – which has been shoe horned in between two busy roads and the Leeds/Liverpool canal – has tested our expertise to the full.
“We are delighted with the end product and we wish to pass on our best wishes to Richard, Kelvin and their team for many happy and fruitful years to come at this location.”
Andrew Walker, Director of QSP Construction Group, added: “The team has been successful in dealing with all challenges in a sympathetic manner. Although the project did initially provoke some resentment from the adjacent properties, these concerns were quickly appeased by close communication and great efforts on our part to clean up after ourselves and avoid impinging on boundaries.
“In addition, we could only park so many vehicles on the road – the rest we had to park in an adjacent office space and pay additional fees for.
“However, all of these issues have only made the project more interesting. The complexities of the building, the unusual site and the wide range of external materials that have been used have made this an exciting and unique project that everyone is proud to have been involved with.”
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