A Lancashire-based local authority has appointed one of the north east’s most established architectural practices to act on its behalf to take an exciting £8.4million digital office park to the next stage of delivery.
Following an OJEU tender process, Chorley Council recently appointed award-winning Howarth Litchfield, to provide technical services on a major new development which aims to create 5,000 sqm of bespoke digital office and start-up accommodation.
Whilst the state-of-the-art, three-storey office block has outline planning consent, Howarth Litchfield has been appointed to prepare a RIBA Stage 4 tender pack, following which the architect will be retained by Chorley Council and continue its involvement once the project goes live on site.
The progressive and innovative development will include such facilities as innovation pods, hot desk facilities and will create a range of offices from micro spaces to suites, and car parking. The main aim of the building is to cater for both start-up companies and existing businesses operating in the expanding digital economy which are looking to grow and more specifically, put Chorley and Lancashire at its heart. It will also act as the catalyst for further development on the Strawberry Field site where there are further plans for a business centre, digital data centre and housing.
The council has been successful in securing in excess of £4.1m of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) towards the cost of the scheme with work expected to start on site this year.
News of this latest contract win follows swiftly on the back of Howarth Litchfield’s appointment to an industrial scheme in Hull for Able UK and BMW. The architect is also responsible for the design of
Durham’s NETPark National Centre for Innovative Formulations for the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), currently under construction at the expanding technology park.
Speaking about the Chorley Council appointment, Howarth Litchfield director, David Pickersgill said:
“I am delighted to announce our appointment on such an interesting scheme as the Digital office development. Our challenge on this occasion is to work closely with the client and rest of the design team and suppliers to ensure that the scheme maintains its original design concept while being delivered against a fixed budget. This will rely on our ability to look at all aspects of value engineering and different construction methods to achieve this.
“I’m confident that our experience of similar schemes such as NETPark’s National Centre for Innovative Formulations and the recently completed refurbishment of engineering consultant Cundall’s Newcastle office means we are best placed to ensure the project’s smooth delivery.”