Prior to commencement on site vast archaeological excavations took place, uncovering Saxon artefacts and signs of prior settlements.
Working with Stoford Developments, architects 3D Reid and engineers Arup, the scope of the works involved construction of the two four storey office blocks and all fit-out requirements of the end user. The shell of the build encompasses a reinforced concrete frame cast in-situ, clad natural stone and structural glazing. The works encompassed both CAT A and B elements and included sustainable features such as biomass woodchip boilers, rainwater harvesting, green roofs and ‘smart' lighting which all helped to underpin an EPC rating of A and a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent'. The development also complies with the requirements of Secure by Design.
The project is situated in the heart of Stafford and its boundaries include a magistrates court, police station, council offices and a busy one way road system together with the pedestrian activity expected in a busy town centre.
Despite these challenges, VolkerFitzpatrick have maintained excellent relations with their neighbours via their dedicated liaison manager who was based on site and have been awarded glowing reports by the Considerate Constructors inspectors.
Keith Miller, project manager for VolkerFitzpatrick said "This is an important scheme for Staffordshire County Council and a scheme which we are very proud to be involved with. Having completed our own sustainable head office in Hoddesdon, which has reduced our carbon footprint by 70%, we are pleased to have been able to share this expertise with Staffordshire County Council to help achieve their sustainability ambitions."