Cumbria County Council Offices, Carlisle

Cumbria County Council Offices, Carlisle

A 5000m2 Cumbria County Council office complex for 600 staff, built on the site of a former car park.

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Project Overview

A new 5000m2 Cumbria County Council office complex for 600 staff was built on the site of a former car park in Botchergate.

The project allowed the Council to cut their buildings from 22 to just two by 2018. We were employed by Eric Wright Construction to act as the Civil and Structural Engineers on the project.

The new headquarters are split into two distinct sections, with appropriate structural framing for each. The front section has a contemporary look with single leaf masonry cladding. It is formed of a steel frame with metal deck floors and in-situ concrete slabs.

In the rear block, an exposed soffit in the precast concrete floors has enabled the thermal mass of the concrete to be used for cooling the open plan offices. The design also eliminated the use of downstand beams, allowing the walls to be moved for better space use. Throughout, the ground floor slabs are ground bearing with pad foundations below.

Images courtesy of Eric Wright. © David Millington Photography Ltd 2016

Services we provided:

  • Civils & StructuresCivils & Structures

Client:

Cumbria County Council

We worked with:

Architect: AHR Architects

Contractor:  Eric Wright Construction 

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The Challenge

Hadrian's wall and other Roman artefacts can be discovered in Carlisle. During excavations of this site, significant archaeology was discovered that included further Roman features and walls. 

Our Solution

The evaluation of the Roman structures necessitated careful treatment of the site and liaison with consulting archaeologists before the works could be completed.

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