DAFF Headquarters, Isle of Man

DAFF Headquarters, Isle of Man

An eco-friendly workplace solution for the employees and visitors of the Department of Agriculture, in the Isle of Man.

Workplaces - Isle of Man

Project Overview

The project brief for DAFF Head quarters involved the construction of an eco-friendly Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry headquarters at St John’s. The centre incorporates 1800m² of open plan office accommodation on two floor levels.

As part of the propoal Curtins provided a sustainable design using natural materials from sustainable sources. The structure incorporates extensive use of timber in the form of I beams for external walls, I beams for the sedum roof joists, timber joist ground floor and a glulam beam and column frame above the first floor.

Services we provided:

  • Civils & StructuresCivils & Structures

Client:

Isle of Man Government

We worked with:

Architect: Ashley Pettet

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The Challenge

1. The client’s brief required a sustainable design using natural materials from sustainable sources wherever possible.

2. The building is located in close proximity to the River Glass and the sea. 

Our Solution

1. The structure incorporates extensive use of timber in the form of I beams for external walls, I beams for the sedum roof joists, timber joist
ground floor and a glulam beam and column frame above the first floor.

2. To mitigate the risk of flooding, the building was constructed on stilts.

DAFF Headquarters, Isle of Man

Project Highlights

  • BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Rating

  • Warmcell (recycled newspaper) insulation for walls and floors

  • Naturally ventilated and uses biomass heating

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