NSF International in Long Hanborough services the UK food sector to ensure products and premises are compliant, safe and quality assured, to meet the demands of regulators, customers and consumers.

The client’s brief was to provide a new purpose-built office building to serve as the UK headquarters for NSF, for the purposes of management, administration and training. The new building needed to be sensitive to local context and embody the environmental focus of the company and express NSF’s core values of integrity and transparency.

Whilst designing the scheme with a view to full occupation by NSF, consideration has been given to the lifetime of the building and sustainable longevity by allowing for an equal splitting of the building to provide the potential for smaller lettable self-contained office floors, served by a landlord-retained core.

The height of the proposed building is predominantly two storey, with a further stepped-back third floor to reduce visual impact. The building façade is created from brick and precast stone reflecting the quarrying past of the site.

The monumental nature of the façade expresses the importance of thermal mass to increase environmental performance and reduces visual impact in the context of the predominantly brick and stone surrounding buildings.

CBG Consultants are engaged to carryout MEP and sustainability services covering RIBA stages 1 – 4 and will be novated to the successful D&B contractor for RIBA stages 5 to 7.

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