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The Sofia office of Stephen George International serves as a centre for operating in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. The office has experience in many architectural sectors including masterplanning, ...

The Sofia office of Stephen George International serves as a centre for operating in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. The office has experience in many architectural sectors including masterplanning, industrial, residential, retail, refurbishment and interiors, and draws upon over 40 years’ experience from our UK offices. The team has considerable sustainability expertise and offer BREEAM assessments and consultancy as part of the full architectural package.

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    • Capability Presentation 01/2012 Bulgaria INTERNATIONAL
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Contents2 Stephen George & Partners, Leicester office
    • Company Credentials and supporting information ContentsStephen George InternationalIntroduction 5Experience 8Experience - Masterplanning 10Experience - Office & Business Parks 20Experience - Logistics & Industrial Building 34Experience - Public Buildings 52Experience - Bulgaria 58Experience - Animation and CGI 75Experience - Collaborative 76Project Team 84Company Credentials 104Health & Safety Policy 110Sustainability Policy 119Sustainability Awards 123 3
    • Stephen George International
    • introduction After our UK success, Stephen George International has been established in the belief that expansion overseas will create new opportunities. Our approach is to work in partnership, enabling us to learn from others and share our knowledge so that we can deliver projects sensitive to local culture and requirements, but grounded in our own expertise. These are our core strengths of masterplanning, sustainability and logistics. This collaborative approach has been received enthusiastically and is providing us with better access to local markets, developers and agencies. Using high speed data management systems the operation is seamless, giving internationally based teams instant access to information and knowledge across the business and immediate back-up support from our offices in the UK. In partnership, we can deliver high quality solutions around the world. We are currently looking at projects in the West Indies, China, Europe and the Middle East. Founded in 1970, Stephen George & Partners has established itself as one of the UK’s leading architectural practices. Stephen George & Partners is placed in the ‘Top 100’ practices by the Architects’ Journal and has recently been included in the ‘Top 100 Companies to work for’ listing in The Sunday Times. We have extensive experience within both the private and public sectors, offering quality architectural design services supported by technical expertise. Commitment to quality, service and innovation are the basis of our practice philosophy and working closely with our clients is a key element of our success. We believe that the foundations of good design lie in strong relationships. Our varied and diverse portfolio of work demonstrates our success in most sectors of the construction industry. Our ability to respond rapidly to client requirements, resolve complex site issues and produce innovative design solutions is evident through our strong client baseDesign Development Day and design portfolio. We believe our strength lies in the quality of our staff and the ability to use our intellect and imagination Our ISO 9001:2000 quality management system ensures that projects are managed efficiently and effectively to meet the desired end result for all parties concerned in the design process. We operate and are committed to an environmental policy designed to optimise sustainability in all aspects of our work and we are currently working towards ISO14001 accreditation.
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Key to Map Our International Offices Our International Portfolio6
    • Company Credentials and supporting information introductionBulgariaThe Sofia office of Stephen George International serves as a centre for operating in theBalkans and Eastern Europe.The office was formed from a fusion of two local practices and Stephen GeorgeInternational. The combining of expertise is seen as a logical progression for the companyand of huge benefit to our clients.The office has experience in many architectural sectors including Masterplanning,Industrial, Residential, Retail, Refurbishment and Interiors.The team has considerable sustainability expertise and offer BREEAM Assesments andconsultancy as part of the full architectural package.Our skills include production of marketing material, computer visualisations and graphicdesign.Alexander Daw - DirectorAlexander Daw is an English Architect and has operated in Bulgaria since 2005.During this period he has been involved in a number of projects throughoutBulgaria, working as a design consultant. In 2005 he founded Oscar Architects andhas succeeded in attracting a varied client base from UK based REIT’s to Bulgariandevelopers and local government.Tihomir Kazakov - DirectorTihomir Kazakov is one of Bulgaria’s leading young Architects and was asked to joinStephen George International as our primary partner and Director of the SofiaOffice. He founded Grupa Kazakov in 2004 and has demonstrated some exceptionaldesign skills through this period of operation. 7
    • Company Credentials and supporting information EXPERIENCE MASTERPLANNING OFFICE & BUSINESS PARKS INDUSTRIAL & DISTRIBUTION PUBLIC BUILDINGS BULGARIA COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS8
    • Company Credentials and supporting information EXPERIENCEAt Stephen George International we are passionate about ourprojects. Our designs speak for themselves.Stephen George & Partners has collected a number of awardsover the years, and we have enjoyed the design journey withour clients. We pride ourselves on delivery of quality, whetherthe project is large or small.Our architects design with flair, and we design for the future.We want both our buildings and our relationships to last. Weare interested not just in designs and masterplans, but in theimpact we have on people’s lives. We also want that impact tobe sustainable, in line with our clients’ aspirations.The following section gives an insight into a selection of ourprojects. 9
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - masterplanning10
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - masterplanningIntroductionStephen George & Partners has many years’ experience of “ The production and presentation of a masterplan plays a keymasterplanning complex and diverse sites, combining strong role in the planning and development processes but is no easydesign with commercial realism to produce coherent and task - very few can do it well.deliverable strategies. Stephen George & Partners will give you a master class inOur main objective is to maximise the efficient, effective masterplanning - their work is always imaginative, responsive,and economic use of land and buildings, whilst avoiding realistic, persuasive and elegantly presented. This is the gangthe unnecessary use of scarce resources. We work closely you want on your side in the creation of high quality, feasiblewith clients, suppliers and stakeholders to ensure that each and beneficial schemes.proposal is sensitive to the locality and provides a positive and Not only that, but as everyone knows, the going can be toughviable framework for development. and it’s helpful to have a sense of proportion and a sense ofWe have an in-house quality management system which humour. At Stephen George & Partners you get both - so weensures that projects are managed efficiently and effectively like ‘em a lot.”to meet the desired end result for all parties concerned. Our Will Antill of planning consultants, Holmes-Antillexpertise includes the marketing of a site and presentationsto clients and building occupiers. In addition, we cansupply CDM planning supervision, access auditing, projectmanagement, production information, computer visualisationand graphic design skills.Stephen George & Partners operates and is committed to an “...Imaginative, responsive,environmental policy designed to optimise sustainability in all realistic, persuasive andaspects of our work. elegantly presented...” 11
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - masterplanning Weston Otmoor, Bicester, Oxfordshire Weston Otmoor near Bicester was one of the successful entrants for the Weston Ottmoor: A Carbon Neutral Eco Town Government’s Eco-Towns programme. Stephen George & Partners masterplanned the site as part of the development consortium. Macrobiotic power generation is proposed for the new community, which will be linked to greenhouse horticulture. A by-product of the process is organic fertiliser which can then be used to provide nutriment for a market garden enterprise. Materials should be naturally renewable and as far as possible should be locally sourced to reduce the energy input relating to their transport. Energy efficiency in both the design and construction of the development at every level will be maximised. Material resources and their carbon footprint will be calculated to establish as near a zero carbon footprint as is realistic. Key Features of the Development • 1,532 Hectares • 20,000 New homes • 40 Hectares of employment Land • A Carbon Neutral Community • Anaerobic CHP Plant • Sustainable Transport System • A Holistic Sustainable Communities12
    • Company Credentials and supporting information EXPERIENCE - masterplanningWaterfront City, Liverpool, MerseysideStephen George & Partners won Mersey Docks Harbour Board competition tomasterplan a major, mixed-use urban village in Liverpool’s Victoria Docks. This is Liverpool Docks Redevelopment: World Heritage Sitepart of a World Heritage Site which includes the famous Liver Building. Parkingproved to be a major issue in this high-density urban area. We came up with aningenious solution. Our plans involved draining the old dock, concealing a multi-storey car park in its depths and then forming a shallow lid of water over the carpark to retain the appearance of the original dock. This innovative design includedplans for buildings - hotels and a casino - appearing to rise up out of the docks.Key Features of the Development• Comprehensive mixed-use development• World Heritage Site• Housing, Commercial, Leisure & Retail 13
    • Company Credentials and supporting information EXPERIENCE - masterplanning SRFI Masterplanning: DIRFT 3 Key Features of the Development • 825 hectares • 1 million sqm of Distribution • Over £1 Billion Investment • Integrated new SRFI • Direct rail connection to buildings14
    • Company Credentials and supporting information EXPERIENCE - masterplanning Glan Llyn: Newport’s Eastern ExpansionKey Features of the Development• 150 hectares• 140,000 sqm of Industrial & Logistics• 4,000 New Homes• Schools, Retail, Leisure• A New Sustainable Community 15
    • Company Credentials and supporting information EXPERIENCE - masterplanning Littlecombe, Dursley, Gloucestershire In 2002, Stephen George & Partners was appointed masterplan architect for a new 37.5 hectare Sustainable Urban Community in Dursley, Gloucestershire. Taking on board the clients aims and objectives, our design transformed the steep valley brownfield site into a model of sustainable urban development. This includes 600 new dwellings, 17,000 sqm (182,990 sqft) of industrial space (including the relocation of the remaining factories on site), community facilities and a training centre. Energy efficient design was stipulated at all stages and includes one of the largest biomass district heating systems in the UK. The site will achieve an overall CO2 saving of 30 per cent. Littlecombe, Dursley, Gloucestershire The Bridge, Dartford The Bridge is an exemplary mixed-use development which forms part of the Thames Gateway and fulfils the government’s vision to “kick-start the process of turning Europe’s largest collection of brownfield sites into living, breathing communities where people are proud to belong”. The 100 ha (264 acre) site includes 176,000 sqm (1.89 million sqft ) of commercial space and 1,500 homes, in addition to leisure facilities, a shopping centre and primary school and an Innovation Centre for start up businesses. Our designs integrate the mixed-use elements and minimise dependency on the private car. Fastrack, a pioneering bus system, links The Bridge with Dartford, Gravesend and the Bluewater shopping and leisure complex. Its buses run on a dedicated route that avoids local traffic and includes a new bridge over the M25. The Bridge, Dartford16
    • Company Credentials and supporting information EXPERIENCE - masterplanningGrange Park, NorthamptonshireThe design brief called for a new community encompassing residential andcommercial development, including retail, recreation, community and educationfacilities. The site, adjacent to Junction 15 of the M1, occupies 40 ha of land formixed housing and 30 ha for employment, interlinked with country parks andgreenways.Through the establishment of a strong design framework, a balance betweenindividual identity and overall unity has been achieved in both the residential andcommercial zones of the development. Major infrastructure and enabling workshave ensured the village centre, housing and industrial zones are easily accessible,but protected from motorway noise by structural embankment planting.St LuciaThe extensive Grand Anse Beach development is a leisure, tourism and residentialbased scheme centred around a new equestrian centre and horse race track. Grange Park, NorthamptonshireAlongside the racecourse are apartments associated with racing. Premium apartmentshave balconies overlooking the race course. Apartments facing away from the racecourse overlook an inland beach, complete with a promenade, palm trees, shadecanopies and recliners.The existing beach (Anse) is to remain intact and undisturbed in order to protect thehabitat of the leatherback turtles. It is felt important that the context of the beach beretained and protected with a belt of landscape, which enhances the beach setting.Views from the beach looking inland should be framed by this landscaped edge andused to screen the new development areas from the beach. The beach and its settingare thus protected.The residential areas beyond the racecourse are encapsulated by a new and theexisting forest. The forest provides shade and shelter to each residential hamlet.Within each hamlet extensive tree planting is undertaken to help contribute to theshading/cooling of the immediate environment. Water features by way of privateswimming pools, public fountains and watercourses also help to cool the immediate St Luciasurroundings. Natural cooling takes place by utilising/taking advantage of theprevailing winds. 17
    • Company Credentials and supporting information EXPERIENCE - masterplanning New Stoke Village, Coventry, West Midlands The 32 ha former Peugeot car manufacturing plant was transformed as part of an extensive redevelopment programme. The proposals include a new UK headquarters building, a technical centre and sports and recreation facilities for Peugeot. The balance of the masterplan contains a new residential quarter, district centre, office and retail facilities. New Stoke Village, Coventry, West Midlands RAF Upwood The project will comprise a mixed use commercial and residential development implemented in several phases. Planning permission will be sought for approximately 650 dwellings, for a local centre, and for employment development. The project seeks to provide a sustainable development providing additional housing and employment for the area. The provision of housing will include an appropriate proportion of affordable housing. At this stage a single wind turbine and biomass boiler are being considered for the development. Development proposals are considering the Code For Sustainable Homes (CSH) and it is planned that the development provides Code Level 4 or 5 housing. RAF Upwood18
    • Company Credentials and supporting information EXPERIENCE - masterplanningRAF Alconbury, CambridgeshireThe masterplan for this former airbase will provide 9,000 new houses on the 413 hasite. The site has significant ecological constraints and contains a number of listedbuildings which will be retained as part of the proposals. A new rapid transit system,retail, community and education facilities will ensure that the development is fullysustainable.In addition to the residential element a new business park will provide significantemployment opportunities. Picture Caption (optional)HeanorPrepared as a response to Local Authority/Parish Council requirements to fulfil aperceived housing shortfall within the Heanor Parish.The land was a former open cast coal mine that was abandoned in the 1980s andsubsequently filled in and then left to establish its own wildlife habitat. Our brief wasto provide a new housing settlement which linked in with the existing communitybut had to have an identity of its own that enabled it to provide a fulfilling living,social and community spirit in its own right. Development was restricted to specificareas to avoid contamination and the ‘High Wall’ left by the historic coalminingactivities. The development avoids the ‘High Wall’ and areas of worst contamination,which in turn has helped define the new ‘Village Green’ around which the newdevelopment occurs. Heanor 19
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - offices & business parks20
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - offices & business parksIntroductionOur work in the commercial workplace sector goes back to the founding of thepractice in 1970. Later work has covered the commercial spectrum, from smallspeculative offices and control rooms to headquarters buildings. This brochureillustrates our recent work in the commercial offices sector.Our interest in sustainable design is equally lifelong; we were commissioned toresearch passive solar energy collection by the European Commission back in 1978Recognising the need to adhere strictly to budgets, we have developed strategies forsustainable design that are cost-effective for our clients to implement.Many recent projects have required us to assemble a brief for the building whichmeets the client’s unspoken aspirations and needs. This has meant working closelywith developers, funders and planners to develop a brief which meets the projectteam’s needs and budget. Blythe Valley, Solihull, West MidlandsThis close relationship with developers and other stakeholders is the basis of a gooddesign. We aim to add value to ensure that the timescale, budget and brief are metwith a sustainable design for a beautiful building. Peugeot Citroen Automobiles UK LTD, Coventry, Warwickshire 21
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - offices & business parks Blythe Valley Park: High Tech Business Park Key Features of the Development • 111,000 sqm of Office Space • High Technology / IT Hub • Inward Investors22
    • Company Credentials and supporting information EXPERIENCE - offices & business parksExeter Skypark: High Tech Business Park Key Features of the Development • 111,000 sqm of Offices & Industrial • Highly Sustainable • Biomass CHP 23
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - offices & business parks Nottingham Business Park, Nottinghamshire Following a competition, Stephen George & Partners was appointed masterplan architect for this comprehensive 47 ha business park. The scheme consists of 74,320 sqm of high quality offices in a countryside setting. The integration of the built form into the existing and new landscape was an overriding consideration in our design concept. This, linked with a comprehensive programme of on and off site infrastructure works, has created a development of distinctive character and quality. Nottingham Business Park, Nottinghamshire Pegasus Business Park, East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire Stephen George & Partners was appointed to evaluate the existing masterplan for Pegasus Business Park, to implement changes and carry the scheme forward to completion over an eight year period. The 24 ha site, adjacent to the M1 and East Midlands Airport, has a capacity for 65,000 sqm of B1 and hotel use. The development has involved extensive on and off site infrastructure, including services, drainage, road creation and plateauing. Working closely with all disciplines within the design team, a coherent and cohesive masterplan strategy has been developed, creating a high quality business park capable of attracting inward investment and corporate relocations. Pegasus Business Park, East Midlands Airport Leicestershire24
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - offices & business parksGrove Park, LeicestershireA major business park of some 42 hectares providing a net developable area of 32hectares in the heart of the East Midlands at Junction 21, M1/M69 Interchange, withjust 3.6 hectares left for office development.With the parkland setting providing an excellent office campus environment and aseparate area for warehousing and industrial buildings, Grove Park is the premier sitefor new offices in the Midlands.Grove Park will ultimately comprise approximately 116,000 sqm. of offices,production and distribution space, together with the four star Marriott Hotel.The site includes generous amounts of landscaping, including a 2 hectare lake.We also have the highest car parking ratio of 1:20 sqm, superior building designcombined with excellent construction completes an ideal business environment. Grove Park, LeicestershireChellaston Business Park, DerbyshireThe proposed indicative masterplan shows a possible layout of buildings and spaceswhich illustrates how the site could be developed to achieve a positive high qualitydevelopment. Based on assessment of location and site conditions, the masterplanenvisages a high quality development that aims to sit comfortably within thelandscape by using a combination of water and landscaped areas as key elements toenhance the scheme whilst responding to its surroundings.Within the overall design framework, individual plot development will respond to theneeds of the occupier. Key buildings will be designed to enhance the developmentthrough key focal points and vistas to create a sense of place, public and privaterealms and formal and informal spaces. Chellaston Business Park, Derbyshire 25
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - offices & business parks Peugeot Citroen UK Headquarters Key Features of the Development • High Quality Office Building • 12,000 sqm • Highly Sustainable26
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - offices & business parksCentrica Headquarters Building Key Features of the Development • High Quality Office Building • 12,000 sqm • Highly Sustainable 27
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - offices & business parks Centrica, Blythe Valley Park, Solihull, West Midlands The design for a regional headquarters building for Centrica provides 11,148 sqm of office space on three floors, with a large three storey atrium at its heart. To meet Centrica’s requirements, the building had to be operational within a 54 week programme. To achieve the tight time scale, the building was designed as a simple ‘H’ form enclosed by a skin of curtain walling, which allowed early access for the fit out contractor. A second layer of external shading, walkways and feature panels gave the building a strong architectural presence. This office for 1,200 staff houses a range of functions, including a customer care centre, regional conference facilities, cyber café and office space. Centrica, Blythe Valley Park, Solihull, West Midlands Probation Service, Cobden Street, Leicester The Probation Service needed a new building to bring together departments housed in unsatisfactory accommodation around Leicester. The brief included workshops, meeting and training rooms, interview rooms and offices for staff. There are two blocks of accommodation, each with bookend stair towers, staggered on plan and connected by a central core of circulation and services. The concept responds to the site shape, to changing views of the building on the approaches from east and west, and to the principles of environmental design. Passive principles of thermal storage and night time cooling avoid the need for air conditioning. A plan depth of 12 metres and careful window design result in predicted daylight factors generally above two per cent and effective natural ventilation (predicted using Computational Fluid Dynamic modelling). Predicted energy consumption is 50 per cent of a typical office building and 10 per cent better Probation Service, Cobden Street, Leicester than current ‘best practice’.28
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - offices & business parksNottingham Business Park, NottinghamshireFollowing a competition, Stephen George & Partners was appointed masterplanarchitect for this comprehensive 47 ha business park.The scheme consists of 74,320 sqm of high quality offices in a countryside setting.The integration of the built form into the existing and new landscape was anoverriding consideration in our design concept. This, linked with a comprehensiveprogramme of on and off site infrastructure works, has created a development ofdistinctive character and quality.We have recently secured planning permission for the next phase of the developmentconsisting of four fully naturally ventilated offices. The next phase was designed tomeet Nottingham City Council’s policy on CO2 emission reduction. Nottingham Business Park, NottinghamshireAshfield Homes, Sutton in Ashfield, NottinghamshireStephen George & Partners has designed and built a contemporary office buildingfor Ashfield Homes in Sutton in Ashfield. The building houses the call centre,administration, and training facilities for Ashfield Homes.The site was a restricted infill plot with party wall issues on two sides. The designsolution was to provide a naturally ventilated floor plate. Solar gain is combinedusing mesh and louvred brise soleil externally and the internal blinds provide useflexibility to the internal environment.Our design concept was to create a contemporary building in its urban context thatwould define the city block and would act as a catalyst for future projects. Ashfield Homes, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire 29
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - offices & business parks CSA Parklands, Falkirk, Scotland The project to construct a new building adjacent to the current CSA Parklands follows from a requirement to undertake extensive structural remedial works to the existing building. A feasibility study determined that Parklands House would need to be partially decanted for work to be undertaken; this would also accommodate potential business expansion of the CSA operation at Parklands. The building is proposed as a three storey building, divided into two wings, which is connected with a central atrium circulation space. It has been a key design parameter to create a sustainable building, which will achieve a high BREEAM score. The design incorporates solar water heating and rainwater recycling, and considers wind and solar power generation. Despite this, the building will require comfort cooling, primarily due to the occupation density. It is proposed to use CSA Parklands, Falkirk, Scotland chilled beams with an exposed structure to provide one of the most efficient forms of cooling. The Bridge, Dartford, Kent The 100 ha site includes 176,000 sqm of commercial space and 1,500 homes, in addition to leisure facilities, a shopping centre and primary school and an Innovation Centre for start up businesses. The design of the buildings complement the prominent location of the site and have created a development of regional and national importance. Our intelligent and holistic masterplan allows buildings to relate to each other and their surroundings. This approach, together with the implementation of a bold and distinctive landscape scheme, creates a strong identity and sense of place. The Bridge, Dartford, Kent30
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - offices & business parksBede Island, LeicesterStephen George & Partners was responsible for the masterplanning and the designof five high quality and distinctive units, comprising 150,000 sqft of floor spacewhen complete. SGP transformed this speculative office unit into a new BusinessSchool for De Montfort University. During the fit-out, we were commissioned todesign a 204 seater lecture theatre, attached to the speculative unit.The Business School attracts students from the UK and overseas and the first unitwas occupied in 1998 by De Montfort University Business School.Experian Nottingham Bede Island, LeicesterContaining 15,329 sqm of office accommodation, constructed in four phases,Experian forms the focal point of a larger mixed use development at NottinghamRiverside Park. The masonry elevations respond to the occupiers’ brief for atraditional building style to create a strong statement on one of Nottingham’smajor arterial routes into the city centre.The design solution and careful selection of quality materials realises the occupieraspirations yet provides modern, flexible office accommodation. Experian Nottingham 31
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - offices & business parks Cornwall House, Blythe Valley Park Cornwall House is located at the heart of the prestigious 111,480 sqm Blythe Valley Business Park in Solihull. The £2.5 m development provides 2,500 sqm of flexible accommodation catering for a variety of office, retail and A3 uses, including the Park Management Centre. Sited adjacent to a medieval moat, the design responds to the site constraints and topography to create a building that acts as a strong focal point for the development. The combination of masonry, glass and steel provides a crisp contemporary form highlighted by the striking use of blue glass blocks in the feature tower. The sweeping glass façade provides uninterrupted views across the 41 hectare country park overlooking the River Blythe. Cornwall House, BlytHe Valley Park Vodaphone, Blythe Valley park Completed in December 2000 as a pre-let for Vodaphone, Plot D3 provides 3,716 sq m of accommodation on two floors. The building is based on an ‘H’ shaped plan allowing the building to be sub let in four 929 sq m units. The ‘H’ shaped office floorplate wraps around a dramatic three storey high planar glazed reception which acts as a focal point for the development. The use of neutral colours, particularly silver, white and grey creates a crisp, clean exterior highlighted by opaque green spandrel panels at first floor level. The external envelope is a combination of curtain walling and flat panel cladding with an integrated brise soleil at ground floor level. The crisp lightweight shell is complemented by the rear landscaped courtyard with its pleached trees and clipped hedges. Vodaphone, Blythe Valley park32
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - offices & business parksPowergen HQ, Pegasus International Business ParkStephen George & Partners was appointed to evaluate the existing master plan forPegasus Business Park, to implement changes and carry the scheme forward tocompletion over an eight-year period.The 24 hectare site, adjacent to the M1 and adjoining East Midlands Airport has acapacity for 65,000 sqm of B1 and hotel use.The development has involved extensive on and off site infrastructure, includingservices, drainage, roads and plateauing. Working closely with all disciplines withinthe design team, a coherent and cohesive masterplan strategy has been developedto create a high quality business park capable of attracting inward investment andcorporate relocations. Powergen HQ, Pegasus InterantIonal BusIness ParkChurch View, Seaham, DurhamJobcentre and Offices for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)Church View in Seaham is a new building designed to accommodate communityfacilities and offices. Commissioned by Land Securities Trillium, the building wascompleted in an eight month build period. The two storey building provides 800sqm of floorspace and the project value was £1.5m.A steelwork frame, pre-cast floors, stair and a lightweight zinc clad roof providesa basis for the palette of materials. Material choice was strongly influenced byenvironmental concerns. A critical part of achieving a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’was the maximum use of products with an environmental ‘A’ rating. Church View, Seaham, Durham 33
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildings34
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildingsIntroduction Stephen George & Partners is consistently amongst the top three practices in the UK operating within the distribution sector (The Architects’ Journal QuarterlyStephen George & Partners has many years of experience in the masterplanning, Surveys) and 60 per cent of our workload is in the distribution and industrialdesign and delivery of industrial and distribution buildings. Often working on sectors. We have over 150 live distribution and industrial projects ranging fromcomplex and diverse sites, we combine strong design skills with commercial SME units to single buildings in excess of 93,000 sqm (1 million sqft). We canrealism to produce coherent and deliverable strategies which provide the quickly generate plans to deliver any project from a single, individual building plotoptimum solution. to a site-wide masterplan of a whole new industrial quarter or logistics park.Our main objective is to maximise the efficient, effective and economic use Stephen George & Partners has co-authored Chapter 15 (Industrial Storageof land and buildings, whilst avoiding the unnecessary use of scarce resources. Buildings) of ‘The Metric Handbook - Planning & Design Data’, 3rd edition,We work closely with clients, occupiers, contractors and other stakeholders to which sets out the industry standard for the design of logistics buildings.ensure that each proposal is sensitive to the locality and provides a positive andviable framework for development now and in the future. Our clients include: Astral Developments, Catesby Property Group, First Industrial Developments,We have an in-house quality management system which ensures that projects Gazeley, Goodman, Prologis Developments Ltd, Roxhill Developments Ltd,are managed efficiently and effectively to meet the desired end result for all Simons Group, St Modwen Developments Ltd, Wilson Bowden Developmentsparties concerned. Our expertise also includes site marketing materials, and we have delivered and are undertaking projects for occupiers such as Argos,as well as presentations to clients and building occupiers and alongside Barsaan, Bosch, Brantano, The Co-operative Group, Dunelm, Europa, Homebase,design team co-ordination. Kuehne+Nagel, Marks & Spencer, Monsoon, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Teva and Wincanton. 35
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildings SRFI Masterplanning: Warrington Parkside Key Features of the Development • 275 hectares • 650,000 sqm floorspace • Integrated new SRFI • Direct rail connection to buildings • Business Centre • Waste to Energy CHP36
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildingsDurham International Rail Freight Terminal Key Features of the Development • 190 hectare Site • 550,000 sqm of Logistics Space • Integrated new SRFI • Residential and Offices • Work in progress 37
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildings Baglan Bay: One of the UK’s Largest Regeneration Sites With a development value of over £1billion this former BP chemical works is one of the largest regeneration sites in Wales. The 477 ha brownfield site will, when fully developed, contain 550,000 sqm of distribution, industrial and office space along with two power stations and an energy park. The site is heavily contaminated with onerous physical, ecological and legal constraints making this a complex and challenging development. Pineham The award winning distribution park at Pineham, Northamptonshire is at the cutting edge of sustainable industrial design. Its first phase warehouses have a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ and, before practical completion in October 2007, had already received the first European Green Award, the IAS Sustainable baglan bay Achievement Award and the LEED Gold Award (a stringent environmental assessment from the United States). Pineham, our latest sustainable scheme for industrial / distribution warehouse developer Prologis, is adjacent to the M1 in Northamptonshire. It will eventually provide up to 148,640 sqm of distribution industrial warehousing, with a further 27,870 sqm of offices including a district centre and retail outlets. A raft of sustainable design features sets Pineham’s initial buildings ahead of the competition for carbon saving. These include a combined heat and power plant, on site resource recycling unit, 15 per cent rooflights, intelligent low energy lighting systems, wall mounted PV panels, solar walls and an extremely airtight construction. Operating as a new distribution depot for the retail chain Sainsbury’s, the main warehouse will be up to 75 per cent more effi cient than the standard distribution shed. Pineham38
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildingsAlconburyThis 413 ha former airbase will contain over 750,000 sqm of distribution spacewhen fully developed. Containing units of up to 100,000 sqm Alconbury will forma major distribution hub for the midlands and east coast. The site will be rail linkedwith both rail served buildings and a large rail freight interchange. The site alsohas the potential to use the existing runways for air freight if this option is viable.The site contains significant constraints including listed buildings, ecologicalconstraints and heavily contaminated ground conditions. AlconburyKetteringProLogis Park, Kettering comprises of approximately 2.2 million sqft of B1, B2 andB8 accommodation and a 90 acre Linear Park. The site is located approximately 20miles east along the A14 from the M1/M6 junction.The Linear Park incorporates balancing ponds, providing on-site surface waterattenuation and the provision of a new football facility as well as trim track,footpaths, bridleways and public art features.Each building is designed within a prescribed style to ensure a visual cohesion tothe whole development. The size and scale of the elevations have been designedwith changes in colour and texture to reduce the overall mass and scale of thebuilding. The location of the offices has been carefully considered to maximisevisual impact at key pedestrian interfaces and provide visual interest to prominentviews into the site. Kettering 39
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildings Corby Eurohub The 107 ha Corby Eurohub development will contain 306,500 sqm of rail served distribution space. Designed around and integrated rail freight interchange this development will form a major distribution hub linking east coast ports with the midlands. The units are based on two flexible terraces which can be sub divided to suit individual occupier requirements forming a flexible and efficient building footprint. Corby Eurohub Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal Containing 1,750 sqm of rail served distribution the Daventry site was challenging due to the complex levels, shape and existing constraints. Creating a workable rail corridor was a key design generator involving numerous layout options developed in conjunction with the rail consultant to create the optimum and most efficient solution. Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal40
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildingsPrologis Eastern EuropeMasterplanning of around 75 distribution sites throughout Eastern Europe forPrologis Developments Ltd. In addition to masterplanning new sites our role wasto evaluate existing sites and produce feasibility studies to replan site layouts tocreate maximum flexibility and efficiency. Elimsan TurkeyWakefield EuroportStephen George & Partners was responsible for the design, planning andconstruction details for a 250,000 sqft B8 distribution unit, as part of the widerEuroport development adjacent to the M62. The design included 11,500 sqft ofoffice accommodation situated on the frontage of the building, providing a visualfocus to the unit.The building was designed as a speculative unit for Prologis Developments Ltd,and then subsequently altered to accommodate specific tenant requirements for E.Pawson & Sons Ltd, a local haulage firm. This included the extensive alteration ofthe loading docks, provision of a canopy, a vehicle wash and the extension to thelorry parking areas. Wakefield Europort 41
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildings Marks & Spencer: Bradford Key Features of the Development • One of the UK’s largest Distribution Units • Over 275,000 sqm of floorspace • 102,000 sqm building footprint • Highly Sustainable42
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildings Key Features of the DevelopmentResearch & Technology - High Tech Units - Unilever • Pharmaceutical Research & Development • Research and Manufacturing • Highly flexible interior 43
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildings Specialist Distribution Key Features of the Development • Major Pharmaceutical Distribution • Ultra clean / Ultra secure • State of the art automated MHE systems • High quality low maintenance materials44
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildingsManufacturing - Light Industrial Units - Peugeot 45
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildings SME Units, Castledown Business Park, Ludgershall, Wiltshire Regenerating this former Ministry of Defence site near Tidworth Barracks in Wiltshire, Castledown Business Park will deliver 45,060 sqm of offices, industrial and distribution space when completed, over 13.35 ha of brownfield land. The scheme is a joint venture between St Modwen Developments Ltd and the South West Regional Development Agency. Phase 1 of the development has already delivered some 2,555 sqm of SME units, arranged around a courtyard. With individual units ranging from 50 sqm to 300 sqm, this first phase has been purchased by Wiltshire County Council to run as a Business Support Centre to foster and encourage local ‘start-up’ businesses to grow in the locale. Sustainability was an important component of the masterplan and the SME Units, Castledown Business Park, Ludgershall, Wiltshire units have been designed and built to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, ensuring low running costs for occupiers. SME Units, Littlecombe, Dursley, Gloucestershire Phase 1 provides flexible Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) units ranging from 46 sqm to 464 sqm, based around a central courtyard. Flexibility is the keynote and the units can be used for office, industrial or distribution uses, with the capability to link units to create a range of units, sizes and configurations to meet occupier requirements. This maximises commercial opportunities for the developer during the marketing of the scheme Sustainability was a key issue, as briefed from the outset of the scheme and the units have been designed and built to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. In addition, a site-wide biomass district heating system will help to contribute 30 per cent of Littlecombe’s overall energy requirements from renewable SME Units, Littlecombe, Dursley, Gloucestershire resources. Coupled with the high specification of the building fabric, these units will be extremely energy efficient in use, leading to significant46 savings for future occupiers.
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildingsPlot H, ProLogis Park Coventry, WarwickshireStephen George & Partners was appointed as masterplanner and architect forProogis Park Coventry by Prologis Developments Ltd, the leading global logisticsdevelopers. Located 1.5 miles from M6 Junction 3, ProLogis Park Coventry consistsof more than 139,355 sqm (1.5 million sqft) of extensive warehouse space setwithin a comprehensive landscape framework. Many of the large warehouse unitshave rail connectivity in addition to conventional goods vehicle access, enablingmixed-mode logistics operations.Plot H includes a number of small to medium sized B1, B2 & B8 units rangingfrom 2,135 sqm up to 9,660 sqm (23,000 sqft up to 104,000 sqft). Plots H1 & H4were completed in December 2003 and July 2004 for Inkfish and Richard AustinAlloys, respectively. H6 was completed in June 2006 for Barsan Global Logisticswith H2 and H5 completing in autumn 2007 as speculative units. Plot H, ProLogis Park Coventry, WarwickshireInterlink Park, Bardon, LeicestershireIn development for over ten years, Stephen George & Partners is appointed asmasterplanner and architect for this 61 ha (150 acre) development in northwestLeicestershire close to Junction 22 of the M1. Commissioned by Wilson BowdenDevelopments, Interlink Park provides approximately 186,000 sqm (2 million sqft).Occupiers include; Antalis, Autoglass, Benson Box, Brantano, Copper Cable,Laura Ashley, Nissan, Volvo and Waitrose. Interlink Park, Bardon, Leicestershire 47
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildings Grange Park, Northampton, Northamptonshire The challenging design brief called for a new community encompassing residential and commercial development, including associated retail, recreation, community and education facilities. The site, adjacent to Junction 15 of the M1, occupies 40 ha (99 acre) of development land zoned for housing and 30 ha (74 acre) for employment, interlinked with generous country parks and greenways. Through the establishment of a strong design framework, working closely with the client (a joint venture between Frogmore Developments Ltd and ProLogis Developments Ltd) and the local authority, a balance between individual identity and overall unity has been achieved marrying both the residential and commercial zones of the development together. Grange Park, Northampton, Northamptonshire Wace, Hinckley, Leicestershire The client, a multinational printing and packaging company, commissioned Stephen George & Partners in 1996 to bring several operations together on this site in a bespoke solution on a very demanding programme. Following a rapid evaluation of development alternatives, their preferred option was to convert an existing large storage building into an air-conditioned production space and a second industrial building into design studios and workshops, with new offices being built to the front to unify the two buildings. With minimal lead-in time, the £8m contract was completed within 12 months during which time the client maintained production round the clock. Wace, Hinckley, Leicestershire48
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildingsWells & Young’s Distribution Centre, G Park Bedford, chiller pipes to the cold store.BedfordshireThis new distribution centre for Wells and Young’s Brewing Company in Bedfordwas completed in a remarkable 22 weeks on site. It includes a 10,900 sqm(117,328 sqft) warehouse, internal accommodation for the brewery’s dray fleet,and 800 sqm (8,610 sqft) three storey ancillary offices and welfare facilities.The building has been created to be as sustainable as possible, including thedeveloper Gazeley’s ‘Eco-Initiatives’ design toolkit to reduce carbon and water use,improve energy controls and provide some clean energy from renewable sources.Rainwater harvesting, roof-mounted photovoltaics and a solar water system toprovide hot water are just some of the features that will save 208 tonnes ofcarbon dioxide emissions a year, based upon the performance of a typical UKlogistics building. Wells & Young’s Distribution Centre, G Park Bedford, BedfordshireUnit A, Essex Road, Hoddesdon, HertfordshireThis project is the third phase of an industrial and distribution developmentaccessed via Ratys Lane, a private road off Essex Road, to one side of the railwaybridge crossing the London to Cambridge railway line to the east of the centre ofHoddesdon. It has been commissioned by Goodman acting as developer and isbeing fitted out for Wincanton Distribution.The unit provides 18,580 sqm (200,000 sqft) of cold storage and is capableof being fitted out to minus 25ºC with a highly insulated floor slab withintegrated heating pipes. The 930 sqm (10,000 sqft) two storey ancillary officeis south facing to maximise solar gain and daylight, whilst addressing theprimary frontage of the site.The building achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating; one of the innovativefeatures of the environmental design was the provision of a 230,000 litre Unit A, Essex Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshirestorage tank for rainwater to be collected, treated and then cooled for the 49
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildings Prologis Park Pineham, Northamptonshire The award winning distribution park of Pineham, Northamptonshire is at the cutting edge of sustainable industrial design. Its first phase warehouses have a BREEAM Excellent rating and, before practical completion in October 2007, had already received the first European Green Award, the Industrial Agent’s Society (IAS) Sustainable Achievement Award and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Award, which is a stringent environmental assessment from the United States of America. ProLogis Park Pineham is our latest sustainable scheme for market-leading logistics developer ProLogis Developments Ltd, and is adjacent to Junction 15a of the M1 in Northamptonshire. It will eventually provide up to 148,640 sqm (1,600,000 sqft) of industrial and distribution warehousing, with a further 27,870 sqm (300,000 sqft) of commercial offices including a district centre Grange Park, Northampton, ProLogis Park Pineham, Northamptonshire and some retail outlets. A host of sustainable design features set Pineham’s initial buildings ahead of the competition for carbon saving. These include a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, on-site resource recycling unit, 15 per cent rooflights with intelligent low energy lighting systems to the warehouse space, wall mounted PV panels, solar walls for space heating and an extremely airtight construction. Operating as a new regional distribution centre for the retail chain Sainsbury’s, the main warehouse will be up to 75 per cent more efficient than the typical UK warehouse building.50
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - logistics & industrial buildingsProLogis Park Sideway, Stoke on Trent, StaffordshireSideway is a flagship distribution park three miles from Stoke city centre.Its 50,450 sqm (543,000 sqft) warehouse is a showcase and test bed for aplethora of environmental features, which will be independently tested andassessed for operational carbon efficiency.The logistics and small business unit park, commissioned by Prologis DevelopmentsLtd, is designed to maximise renewable energy sources,make the most of natural daylight, solar panels and reduce electriclighting and subsequent warehouse heating costs.In addition, construction materials will be recycled or reclaimed wherever possible.The new building envelope is designed to reduce air leakage and heating costswith south facing walls to soak up the heat from the sun, cutting back on spaceheating, whilst rooflights increase natural daylight and conserve electricity. ProLogis Park Sideway, Stoke on Trent, StaffordshireThe offices have natural ventilation with openable louvred vents for cooling.Rainwater will be collected on the roof and recycled. The natural landscapewill be sensitively remodelled to preserve, enhance and create new habitats.The local community will participate in the maintenance and day-to-dayenjoyment of the extensive amenity space on the site, while local school childrenwill find educational value in the ‘ecological corridor’ that runs through the park,which will connect Sideway Road to the existing canal towpath. ProLogis Park Sideway, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire 51
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    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - public buildingsIntroductionStephen George & Partners has extensive experience of the masterplanning, designand delivery of mixed-use developments. Our schemes have ranged widely insize, composition and style; each a resolution of their unique site, brief and localplanning policy. In each instance, the masterplan down to the detail design isconsidered as part of its wider context, both culturally and commercially.Often working on complex and diverse sites, we combine strong design skills withcommercial realism to produce coherent, deliverable and sustainable strategies.We work closely with clients, planners, contractors and other stakeholders toensure that each proposal provides an optimum solution; a solution that morethan satisfies user requirements and statutory regulations, whilst also enhancingand contributing to the public realm. Many of our schemes have representedthe ‘centre’ or ‘high street’ of development in a wider context; here we strive todevelop focus and identity, resolving community and sense of place. Meridian Business Park & Leisure, Leicester, Leicestershire Loughborough Endowed Schools (LES) Music School, Loughborough, Leicestershire 53
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - public buildings Loughborough Endowed Schools (LES) Music School, Loughborough, Leicestershire Building of the Year, Leicestershire ProCon Awards, 2007 Winner, Charnwood Design Awards, 2008 President’s Award Winner, Leicestershire and Rutland Society of Architects, 2008 Civic Trust Award, Loughborough District, 2008 “This must be one of the loveliest buildings available anywhere in which to encounter music for young people,” said Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE, opening the building in March 2007. “This is a space where music happens; it is alive!” The £2.5m Music School is a dynamic, modern structure, designed to maximise both light and sound. Its 1,700 sqm (18,300 sqft) are naturally lit and ventilated. Isolating walls and ceilings help to ensure sound privacy between all teaching areas Loughborough Endowed Schools (LES) Music School, Loughborough, Leicestershire including six classrooms, 18 practice rooms, percussion studios and the impressive recital room. Since opening, the venue has become a centre of musical learning for three local schools and an important showcase for young talent. The building is designed in two distinct curved elements separated by a glazed atrium ‘street’ allowing daylight and sunshine into the heart of the building. The curve responds to distant views of the building from the campus approach road; expresses the fluidity of the music within; and aids good acoustics by eliminating parallel walls. Loughborough Endowed Schools (LES) Music School, Loughborough, Leicestershire54
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - public buildingsDickens Heath Village Centre, Solihull, West MidlandsStephen George & Partners was proud to be appointed masterplan architect forDickens Heath, a dynamic new village in the West Midlands. Our task was tointegrate 8,640 sqm (93,000 sqft) of retail and commercial development alongside462 dwellings.The design of the residential element addresses a wide range of social needs, fromstudio apartments to large town houses. These form individual environments withdistinct character to encourage community life.Dickens Heath is a vital and vibrant community. Its unique waterside developmentis linked with other residential zones through a sequence of static and dynamicurban spaces and pedestrian routes.To maximise the diversity of the village, a wide range of mixed uses and activitieshave been accommodated, creating an environment of genuine quality and Dickens Heath Village Centre, Solihull, West Midlandsdurability. Dickens Heath Village Centre, Solihull, West Midlands 55
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - public buildings Junction One, Rugby Retail Park, Warwickshire Junction One is a modern retail and leisure park near Junction 1 of the M6. Stephen George & Partners was asked to design a high quality complex that linked the traditional and the modern. We delivered a successful design concept which now houses a multi screen cinema, retail terrace, health and fitness facilities, bowling alley and fast food restaurants. The park totals 13,935 sqm (150,000 sqft). The design of the cinema was influenced by 1930s Art Deco architecture, with curved entrance towers, ships balcony and masts, a theme that is carried through the site in the choice of external materials. The overall design style is consistent, unifying all buildings and aspects of the development. Junction One, Rugby Retail Park, Warwickshire56
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - public buildingsMagistrates’ Court, Loughborough, LeicestershireDesigned as a ‘model’ magistrates’ court for HM Court Service (HMCS) the £15.5million development is arranged over three floors – a total area of around 3,437sqm (37,000 sqft). The scheme provides four court rooms, an assembly hall, and acustody area with cells, private open-plan offices, consultation and waiting rooms,robing and retiring rooms and a van dock.The designs for the court reflect its important civic status, while ensuring that it’sapproachable and easy to use. The new development has been tipped as a modelfor future linear magistrates’ courts.The scheme was designed in accordance with the high environmental assessmentstandards set by HMCS, and needed to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.External materials include high quality reconstituted stone panels and facing brick.Pre-oxidised copper-clad brise-soleil hangs two metres away from the front of the Magistrates’ Court, Loughborough, Leicestershirebuilding, and the external walls of the courtrooms are similarly clad with copper. Magistrates’ Court, Loughborough, Leicestershire 57
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    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAriaOffice Building, SofiaThis project involved the design of a new office building opposite Paradise Mall inSofia. The design of the building needed to stand out whilst responding to thediverse surrounding architecture. Due to the parameters of the site and the localplan, the building was designed with neo-classical influences in order to maintainand ephasise a natural geometry whilst keeping clean and contemporary outlines.Natural materials combined with glass and steel elements enable a response to thelocal vernacular whilst placing the building firmly within contemporary Sofia. Theglass and steel elements also provide a solution to the connectivity of the differentvolumes whilst retaining a clear visual geometry and language. 59
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    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAriaLow Carbon House, FCO, SofiaThe brief was to design and build a new dwelling on the site of the BritishAmbassadors’ residence in Sofia, Bulgaria to house key Embassy staff. The projectneeded to be contemporary in its approach, but responsive and sympathetic to theexisting site situation, and needed to meet the client’s spatial requirements. Theproject also needed to demonstrate and promote innovation in British design, sus-tainability and energy technologies.The client emphasised the need for the prospective tenants to feel comfortable inan enclosed and private space. Privacy and security were an issue - from the exist-ing residence building, from the surrounding buildings and from the garden, andneeded to be balanced with the need for natural light and spatial requirements, andwere key factors in the development of the form and layout of the building.The British and Foreign and Commonwealth office buildings are assessed and certi-fied under a BREEAM specific bespoke accreditation scheme. The project aimed toachieve a BREEAM Very Good - Excellent rating under this certification scheme. Itsmain focus however, will be to achieve a zero carbon rating which will be assessedthrough the Ene 01 section in the BREEAM FCO Bespoke scheme. 61
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAria Ingram Micro Offices, Sofia This project involved the design and fit out for the Sofia offices of Fortune 100 company Ingram Micro. The project involved monitoring and mentoring of the entire tenant fit out process, including the design and procurement of furniture and graphics, as well as the interior design and space planning. Emphasis was placed on sustainable design to ensure maximum energy efficiency, thus reducing overheads. Access to light from all areas was considered as a priority, and the final layout reflects this.62
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAriaMercure Apartment Hotel, SofiaThe building is located on the main Boulevard Cherni Vrah, between Lozenets andDragalevtsi, two of Sofia’s most prestigious residential areas.With its many business centres, elegant residential blocks, the new AmericanEmbassy, the South Park and the new Metro Station, this upper Lozenets locationis often referred to as the most modern area in Sofia. The exclusive Dragalevtsineighbourhood and the ski lifts on Vitosha Mountain are less than 10 minutes driveaway.The client brief demanded 100% use of permitted by the regional plan build-up areaorganised in contemporary and distinguished volume, within a reasonably simpleconstruction form and a low budget frame. The functional programme includedtwo storeys underground parking, spa center with swimming pool, restaurant, twostoreys office development and seven storeys apartment hotel with a variety ofmodel units.The total build up area above ground is 6200 sqm. and 3600 sqft in two storiesunderground.Currently very close to completion, the revised hand over date is March 2012 63
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAria Masterplanning, Business & Logistics Centre, UK A flythrough animation project for a major new business and logistics park in the UK, to be integrated into a 10 min video in order to sell the site and the concept to the local authority. The project was completed in collaboration with the Stephen George & partners in the UK, SGI providing the animation project. This included modelling the site, buildings and the landscape from initial concept designs of typical office buildings and industrial units, modelling the external environment enhancing a satellite image using stylised building massing, and creating a flythrough animation with final zoom in to the central park and the office buildings.64
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAriaMuseum of Modern Art, SofiaThe Museum of Modern Art, Sofia is an ongoing project for a local Art Foundation.The design needed to be strong in its approach and bold in its decision making. Theproposed solution is a renovation of the existing structure.Stripping off the existing facade, the building is redressed in concrete and glass-fibrepanels that allow the building to change its visual qualities throughout the day,finally becoming translucent at night. The client is currently in negotiations regard-ing the final business model for the site. 65
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAria South Park Appartments, Lozonets, Sofia A high spec apartment building in a central leafy area of Sofia, Each floor is organised as one apartment of 255 sqm. with south oriented living and dining room, big terrace facing South Park, one master bedroom and two children’s bedrooms each equipped with wardrobe and bathroom. To each apartment is attached a double garage situated in the one storey underground level. The structure is elegantly solved with no inner columns which increases the options of flexibility for further inner space reorganisation. The building is tectonically organised in a straight, cost-effective but attractive solution. The elevations are finished with natural materials (stone, wood, glass, etc.) clearly demarcating the different building storeys as a structure and an inhabited unit. The total build up area above ground is 1850 sqm. and 460 sqm. underground level. Currently under construction.66
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAriaHeineken Warehouse storage facility, Stara ZagoraDesigned as a ‘model’ for future development of the site, the brief was to design aproject that acheived a BREEAM very good rating.This was a project that was worked on in partnership with the UK offices, utilisingsustainability knowhow from previous logistics projects in the UK and facilited inour office in Sofia.For this particular case we were asked to design a building that minimilised theused of a mechanical heating and ventilation system.The result was a design that acheives a temperature differential of 10 degreesthrough out the year without incorporating any mechanical heating system.This was a public bid with 38 participents, we were one of two companies askedto proceed to concept stage. 67
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAria Chekov One Apartments, Iztok, Sofia High end apartment building in the most prestige residential area of Sofia. The area is a low and middle rise building with a lot of green areas and parks and low traffic quiet streets. The building has three facades facing to east, south and west, to the north the building is on a related construction with the adjoining plot. The morphology of the building form is solved in a solid and calm vision, fully integrated in the surrounding environment. Functionally floor layouts are offering a variety of high end apartments: with one bedrooms, two bedrooms, maisonettes with three bedrooms and a penthouse on the last floor. Each apartment is equipped with single or double underground garage. The elevations are finished with ventilated stone façade and wooden cladding on terraces and balconies. The total build up area above ground is 3020 sqm. and 680 sqm. underground level. Currently awaiting finance approval Junction One, Rugby Retail Park, Warwickshire68
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAriaThe Blue House, Veliko Tarnovo, BulgariaA mixed use building comprising six floors, two underground and four above,incorporating a night club, retail, offices, a hotel and two apartments.This building is situated at the entrance of the old town. Utilising a sensitive approachto the local architectural environment and re-constructing the existing facade.As is common in Bulgaria, we lost control of detail at construction stage due to animpatient developer, but the concept is still evident.The design strives to create a clear separation between the historical part and thenew part. During the design we were able to acheive some relaxation on the heritagerequirements and this enabled us to readdress our approach to the windows.Completed in 2010 69
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAria Srebarna Offices, Sofia The building/OFFICE SREBARNA/ is situated on an odd trapezium shaped plot defined by three streets – to southeast Srebarna str., to northeast Rilski Ezera Str., to north Hristo Tzenov Str, to west the building is a related construction with the adjoining plot. The location of the property / office building / is in close proximity to the crossroads of Cherni vrah bul. with Srebarna Str. The morphology of the object as meant to be sustaina resident of the city fabric is being sought as a function of its use and a function of its urban situation, considering the fluctuation and migration of the social environment. The proposed spatial volume solution is an attempt of harmonious integration of a dynamic, but also in visually comprehensive image integrated into the environment. Facade design and finishing materials are in compliance with the investor’s visions within the accepted budget. The building was developed in nine levels - basement, ground and first floor - shops, four office floors, a terrace and top floor offices as well. The total built up area of the building is 2.700 sqm (3.300 square meters - including basement floor) Completed in 200870
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAriaStudent Accommodation, Veliko TarnovoThe Veliko Tarnovo Student City is a new and modern student housing project to belocated in the picturesque city of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (“Student City” or “theProject”). The Project will include studio apartments, which will accommodate oneor two tenants per apartment on a monthly rental basis.As part of the Project, the Promoter will build a 3,000 sqm Shopping Mall, whichwill include a supermarket, food court, pharmacy and a book shop. The mall will alsoserve the residential neighbourhoods surrounding the complex. An entertainmentquarter, which will include a bar and a nightclub, is designed as part of thecommercial area. Vast green areas and parking spaces will be provided.Currently, the number of beds available in the university residences is approximately1,700, most of which are located in buildings built more than 40 years ago. Theuniversity owned accommodation is of poor quality and does not satisfy the needsas far as quality and quantity are concerned. 71
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAria The Riverside, Residential Units, Veliko Tarnovo A 7,500sqm residential development in the heart of the old town. A challenging and interesting design working closely with the Institute on National Monuments to create a modern solution to a very restrictive, but beautiful location. Our solution was to approach the building as an extension of the landscape and not a stand alone building . We extended the cliffs into the base of the building using sold stone mass walls and reflected the rhythm and natural pattern of the town in the elevations. The project was put on hold due to current financial restrictions. We have just begun work again with a new brief and business plan to develop the site as a serviced retirement complex. Currently undergoing a new business evaluation by the developer72
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - BULGAriaYuri Gagarin 27, Apartments, Iztok, SofiaAn award winning apartment building completed in 2008, The design is a bold, yetsympathetic statement that compliments a leafy iner city area of Sofia.The building contains six main floors and basement floor terrace, serviced by acommunication core with side lighting equipped with an elevator for eight people.The construction is solid with concrete bearing elements and slabs with brick walls.The street facade is implemented as ventilated with cladding panels of zinc-coatedsteel with titanium (producing UMICOR), a central framework is coated in compositepanels, TRESPA. The building has all the necessary installation systems for comfortableliving utilising a central heating system, backed separated airconditioning units thatare carefully hidden at the rear in a dedicated service chute retaining the integrityof the design.Completed in 2008Runner up, Buidling of the Year award, 2008 73
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - bulgaria Private Houses, Bankia, Sofia Two recent residential projects which show a similar approach to a design that both responds to its surroundings through use of materials and textures whilst maintain- ing a modern design approach. Both were contemporary in their visual language but retained a traditional feel through the use of local textures and materials. Both houses were designed from very different briefs, the second being to design something that “looked like a cross between an iceberg and a castle”. The interpre- tation of this somewhat unorthodox brief eventually became known as the “stealth house”, there being some question as to whether it is detectable by radar. The end result is an attestation to our capacity to interpret diverse, interesting briefs and to accept a challenge with enthusiasm but without losing our sense of humour.74
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - animation and cgi Stoycho Iliev, BA Graphic Design 3D Animation and CGI Graphic Designer - Sofia With our team of architects, illustrators and graphic designers we offer a new, spe-NATIONALITY Bulgarian cialised service in high quality renderings and animation for the architectural indus- try. This aspect of our business has grown naturally over a period of time, alongsidePROFESSION Graphic Designer our need to communicate our design ideas clearly and efficiently internationally,QUALIFICATIONS  Graphic Design BA and across cultural borders. We are now proud to offer these skills as a standalone service to our existing and prospective clients.PERSONAL PROFILE These services incude:Stoycho joined SGI Sofia office in 2012 as graphic designer. Ever since his task is tomanage and continue develop creative and visualization department of the office. • Rendered 2D drawingsHe is experienced in providing high quality graphics, Architectural 3D visualizations • Photorealistic interior and exterior renderingsand animations for private and corporate clients. • Photomontages and animations CGI portfolio: http://www.stephengeorge.co.uk/ Our 3D animation and architectural rendering is overseen by established, experi- index.php?option=com_k2&view= enced architects, ensuring that the communication of ideas is easily transferred item&task=download&id=100&Ite between the client and our team. We offer exceptionally competitive rates for all mid=115 our services due to the location of our team and our technical in-house capabilities. Animation showreel: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=57IIrc95V7M 75
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - collaborative Junction One, Rugby Retail Park, Warwickshire76
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - collaborativeSalalah Free Zone Masterplan, OmanThe aim of the masterplan SFZMP is to attract, woo and secure inward investmentinto a new business Free Zone from foreign companies – from around the IndianOcean (India, Africa) as well as the US, Europe and the Far East.Stephen George & Partners were short listed down to the last two companiestasked with developing the technical stage of the masterplan. The bid was puttogether in partnership with the Sofia offfce who helped develop the conceptfor the Raysut site and supplied graphical and presentation support for the bidprocess.Although we were ultimatly unsuccessful in our bid for the masterplan itself, wehave won key projects within the plan itself. Magistrates’ Court, Loughborough, LeicestershireThese projects are being undertaken in partnership with the international office inSofia to enable us to be competitive in our bidding process while retaining qualityin the delivery. 77
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - collaborative Junction One, Rugby Retail Park, Warwickshire78
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - collaborativeHeadquaters and Administrative Building for SFZMP, OmanThe new Administration HQ is a state-of-the-art operational headquarters for theSalalah Free Zone. It is the first key building to be built on the Adhan site.The design incorporates restaurant, cafe, meeting spaces, gardens and exhibitionareas.Designed to echo the culture of Oman, its key focus is to be welcoming andfriendly, meeting the needs of the Salalah Free Zone , clients and investors.With its impressive corner rotunda and landscaped surroundings, the building willstand out like an oasis in a desert, setting the standard and expectations for thefollowing development.The building and its surrounding landscape is conceived as a hierarchical series oflinked spaces through the site past the main entrance pavilion and visitor receptionand then onwards into the interior of the development. This is a building thatdoes not reveal all its secrets at once, it is conceived as a progression of enjoyableexperiencesThe project is now secured and technical work will be produced in the Sofia officeand co-ordinated from the UK 79
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - collaborative Junction One, Rugby Retail Park, Warwickshire80
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - collaborativeTobacco R&D and Head Office, Chengdu, ChinaThis project is the first collaboration between Bulgaria, the UK and the Shanghaioffices for the Chengxin Group.This partnering approach allows collective expertise to be called upon whenneeded. The brief received from the Chengxin Group was for a sustainablesolution, that reflected the aspirations of the company.The design was thermally modelled and targeted an BREEAM “Excellent” rating.One key concept was the green roof, designed to minimise surface water run-off.The cladding concept incorporated bamboo to create a distinctive indentityand reflect the culture of the area. The buildings were designed to be naturallyventilated using large water gardens as temperature moderators through thewinter and summer. Magistrates’ Court, Loughborough, LeicestershireThis project was published on the front cover and centre spread of ArchiCadMagazine in the last quarter of 2011. 81
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - collaborative Junction One, Rugby Retail Park, Warwickshire82
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Experience - collaborativeBusiness Centre, OmanThe business of SFZCO is to attract, woo and secure inward investment in FreeZone from foreign companies – from around the Indian Ocean (India, Africa) aswell as the US, Europe and the Far East.To complement the function of the Administrative HQ, SFZCO are contemplatinga related facility that will assist the courtship and seduction process - becausebasically that’s what it is!Potential investors have to be convinced to invest and to do that they are made tofeel special.The Business Centre (or whatever it may be called) is a facility with a more leisurelyfocus where overseas investors can be brought and entertained while they aredemonstrated the many benefits of investing in Free Zone by SFZCO’s marketingand commercial team.The HQ building is designed to sell the commercial benefits and will have its own‘wow’ seduction devices too, but this is where people will be brought afterwardsto be pampered and entertained.It will be a combination of the following things, a VIP member’s club and anexecutive country club, a luxury boutique hotel. It may have the character of theUS president’s retreat: Camp David. It will have a restaurant and dining facility, itwill be able to hold receptions and functions for dignitaries and VIPs – thinking ofministers and possibly royalty.It will have accommodation – perhaps as wings or apartments for individuals orcompanies to come and stay. It will be possible to mount exhibitions or other high-calibre marketing events and conferences.Still at conceptual stage 83
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Organisational Structure Chart84
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team DIRECTORS david taylor alexander daw tihomir kazakovmanaging director PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR CONSULTANT DIRECTORS Stuart richardson James Nicholls Chris HalLigan MASTER PLANNING Distribution Sustainability Architectural Associates AND ASSISTANTS 85
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team David Taylor, Dip Arch RIBA Founding Partner - Leicester Office Our diverse portfolio demonstrates our success in most sectors. We have particular expertise in masterplanning, the industrial/warehouse sector, offices and workplace planning, all types of residential work, schools, and the retail/leisure sector. Our NATIONALITY British ability to respond rapidly to client requirements and produce innovative design is PROFESSION Chartered Architect evident through our strong client base.We believe our strength lies in the quality of our staff and the ability to use our intelligence and imagination. PERSONAL PROFILE The Partnership is committed to providing high quality service and architecture through hard work, commitment and innovation; to fulfil the ambitions and David is one of the two founding partners of the practice, which was formed potential of our staff and to reduce the adverse effects our activities have on our shortly after both he and Stephen George left Local Government in 1970. planet and its people. He has overseen the development of the practice from its roots in the public sector to the major commercial developments it now undertakes; from a small two-man provincial company to the third largest architectural practice in the Midlands region. Working alongside Stuart Richardson, he enjoys the Masterplanning of large of Business Parks and new communities, specialising in their promotion with Government both at national and local levels. David is a member of the East Midlands appraisal board for Investors in People. STEPHEN GEORGE & PARTNERS Founded in 1970, Stephen George & Partners are one of the UK’s leading architectural practices with offices in London, Leicester, Leeds and Solihull. We are placed in the ‘Top 100’ practices by the Architects’ Journal and have been rated one of the ‘Top 100 Companies to work for’ in The Sunday Times. We have extensive experience within both the private and public sectors and working closely with our clients is a key element of our success. We believe that the foundations of good design lie in strong relationships.86
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team James Nicholls, BA (Hons) DipArch DipAp RIBA WORK HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE Partner - Solihull Office 1998-present: Stephen George & Partners LLP – Leicester and Solihull, UKDATE OF BIRTH 14 May 1970 Partner, working mainly with commercial clients and key account holderNATIONALITY British responsible for the Prologis Developments Ltd portfolio in the UK since 2002. UK Distribution Portfolio for Prologis Developments Ltd committing to a deliveryPROFESSION Chartered Architect of BREEAM ‘Excellent’, EPC rated ‘A’ and embodied carbon neutral developmentsQUALIFICATIONS BA(Hons) Architecture (Leicester) RIBA Part 1 1991 including: G raduate Diploma in Architecture (Leicester) RIBA Part 2 1994 DIRFT 2, Daventry, UK Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice (Leicester) RIBA Rail Freight Terminal Masterplan and delivery of circa 2,000,000 sqft of distribution Part 3 1995 space. Each building plot will be ‘rail served’ giving direct access from sidings toMEMBERSHIPS Architects Registration Board (ARB) (since November 1995) the West Coast Main Line. Project commencement: 2010. 060635I Campbell Road, Stoke-on-Trent UK Royal Institute of British Architects (elected March1996) Masterplan and delivery of regenerated former Michelin Tyres site including units 8195724 for Marks & Spencer and Dunelm. Completion: 2010. Arsenal Football Club Pineham, Northampton UKPERSONAL PROFILE Award winning distribution development; awards include European GreenHaving worked predominantly in the commercial sector for a number of other Award, the Industrial Agent’s Society (IAS) Sustainable Achievement AwardUK based practices, James joined Stephen George & Partners in 1998 and, having and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Award),established our Solihull office in 2002, is now responsible for a team of 14 people BREEAM ‘Excellent’. Masterplan for 1,600,000 sqft of industrial and distributionin the West Midlands. warehousing, with a further 300,000 sqft of commercial offices including a district centre and some retail outlets. Phase 1 completed 2007.James’ experience includes the design and delivery of a number of complexdistribution, commercial and retail schemes. His close liaison with clients and Stoke-on-Trent, Sideway UKcontractors has led to new opportunities for the practice including establishing A highly sustainable distribution centre masterplan for 600,000 sqft. infeasibility and design work in other parts of Europe and further afield. conjunction with Prologis Developments Ltd and Advantage West Midlands. Project ongoing.Having demonstrated a total commitment to the practice with a highly developedsense of responsibility and organisation, James is also the Partner responsible for Programme of Distribution Feasibility Studies and Building Land Bank Data -overseas and UK business development for Stephen George & Partners LLP. Central and Eastern Europe For Prologis Developments - includes the co-ordination and design of various feasibility and build to suit studies in Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and 87
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Poland. 1998 Jonathan Smith & Partners Ltd – Leicester UK The Bridge, Dartford for Prologis Developments Ltd and Dartford Borough Architect predominantly working in retail sector. Council Swan Lane, Guildford for Boots the Chemists Co-ordination and delivery of the 260 acre mixed use masterplan and development 20,000 sqft extension and refurbishment of existing retail store in town centre in the Thames Gateway which includes commercial, district centre, residential, conservation area. Project Practical Completion: 1998. industrial and leisure. Completed/current projects on the site include: 1995-1998 Benoy Ltd – London and Newark, UK SusCon Academy £5 million Further and Higher Education Academy with BREEAM 2008 targeted Architect predominantly working in retail sector. rating of ‘Outstanding’. SusCon will provide a unique opportunity as both a White City, Shepherd’s Bush, London for Chelsfield plc £300 million demonstration project for innovative construction methodologies and technologies 620,000 sqft. retail development with additional leisure, housing, major and a catalyst for development within The Bridge masterplan. Completion due engineering and transport packages. Main responsibility was as the architect and February 2011. co-ordinator of the major anchor store legal agreement package, development of Innovation Centre the one hectare housing scheme for Housing Association tender and compilation 30,000 sqft £3.1 million building designed as serviced office space for new of the Project Brief. Project later completed by others as Westfield London. businesses. Project Practical Completion: 2007. Brindleyplace, Birmingham for Argent Development Consortium Ltd £8 million Blythe Valley Park, Solihull UK Project Architect for design and build contract including 950 space multi-storey For Prologis Developments Ltd and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. Design car park, 30,000sqft health club and retail arcade. Major role in technical issues, and delivery of the 100 acre business park masterplan consisting of 1.2 million sqft working drawing package and client and contractor liaison. Project Practical of high quality R&D development. Responsibility for completed projects on the site Completion: September 1997. includes: Refurbishment of Historic Building, Bradford UK £10 million •  15 million 120,000 sqft Regional HQ office for Centrica. Project Practical £ Project Architect for refurbishment of city centre historic building into retail space Completion: 2001. including Virgin Megastore. Project Practical Completion: 1996. • £3.5 million 25,000 sqft office for Regus. Project Practical Completion: 2000 Motor Mall Concept, Sheffield UK Home Ales, Nottingham UK Design and concept work for consortium of car dealerships. For St Modwen Developments Ltd. Distribution facility delivered for Royal Mail. Project Practical Completion: 1999. Ford Dealership, Attercliffe Road, Sheffield UK Design and concept work up to and including planning. Poland.88
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Alexander Daw, BA (Hons) Arch, Director - UK & Sofia Office WORK HISTORY AND EXPERIENCEDOB 3 March 1977 2000-present Stephen George & Partners LLP – Leicester and Solihull, UKNATIONALITY British In 2011, the Sofia office collaborated in partnership on three international projectsPROFESSION Architect with the UK offices in China and Oman and worked on delivering support services for International and local bids through high quality and low cost, graphic capabilities.QUALIFICATIONS BA(Hons) Architecture (Greenwich) 2001 BREEAM International Assessor 2011 Before joining the SGI, team Alexander established Oscar Architects in Bulgaria in 2005 and has succeeded in attracting clients throughout the spectrum of thePERSONAL PROFILE Bulgarian market from local municipalities and private clients to international REIT’sIn 2010, Alexander established Stephen George International in Eastern Europe. and developers.The office in Sofia was a profit making entity in the first year even in deep Having started his career in construction, Alex has experienced the industry fromrecession and has since gone on to become established as one of the leading most angles and has been responsible for the design and delivery of high qualitypractices in the local market. The Sofia office has also established its importance residential and commercial projects in Bulgaria and the UK. He is a strong advocate ofwithin the company as a whole by providing a cost effective and efficient quality responsive design in the built environment and is driven to make a differenceoutsourcing service for the UK and other International offices. This has all been in areas and environments where there is a need and a business requirement.successfully achieved by combining the pool of highly skilled local talent withInternational experience and knowledge. Alex’s team have considerable experience in designing and delivering complex projects, ranging from one off residences to hotels and lifestyle resorts. A large number of these projects have involved in-depth negotiation with local planners andCurrent heritage groups within a complex and sometimes difficult political and professionalDirector at Stephen George International environment.BREEAM International Asessor at Stephen George International Whilst having experience in most sectors, Alex is primarily responsible for business generation and the development of Stephen George International in Eastern Europe.Past His role is to make the business work through the promotion of the principles and2007 - 2010: Director, Oscar Architects, Bulgaria key skills of the company and generate business from the local and international market place.2007 - 2010: Partner, Oscar Developments, Bulgaria2004 - 2007: Architect, Hall Design Group, UK1999 - 2004: Partner, AJD Design and Build, UK 89
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Conceptual design managment and graphic support Specialisms/Skills • Bistritsa Park • An experienced team leader and co-ordinator of a design team. Concept Design 100m 20 acre high quality housing development on the outskirts of Sofia for ABRE and The Lewis Charles Property Fund • Fully familiar with cross cultural practices and business protocols through extensive operation in Eastern Europe. • Samodiva Valley • Considerable experience in managing design and delivery in workplace, lifestyle Concept and technical design 25m 15 acre high quality housing development on and residential projects from initiation to completion in the UK and internationally. the outskirts of Veliko Tarnovo for Reach Development • Considerable experience in construction managment and project monotoring • Riverside Hotel • Proven track record of international business development Concept and technical 7.5m 8,000m2 Apart-Hotel Development in Veliko Tarnovo town for AND Developments • The Blue House Relevant Experience Concept, Technical design and Design Managment 1.5m Mixed use commercial • Salalah Free Zone Masterplan building located on a sensitive historical site on Veliko Tarnovo high street for Project leader for design and graphical support, from the Sofia Office Studio • Tabacco Company Headquarters, Shanghai Project leader for design and graphic support from the Sofia Office • Illiyantsi, Retail Development Construction Monotoring role for IMMO Finance, € 12m 21,000sqm retail development, responsible for design, cost and quality Due Diligence • Galleria Mall, Stara Zagora Project leader, interior design concept, technical project and graphic support for 21,000sqm intrerior design solution for Galleria Mall, Stara Zagora • Heineken Warehouse Concept design 1.5m sustainable warehouse project90 • Salalah Business Park, Oman
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Chris Halligan, BA (hons) Arch MSc (Dist) WORK HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE Director - Leeds Office 1995-Present: Stephen George & Partners LLP, Leeds UKDOB 13 December 1962 2005 – Present: Associate Director jointly responsible for management andNATIONALITY British development of Leeds office. Chairperson of the Stephen George & Partners Technical and Sustainability Group. Responsible for formulating and co-ordinatingPROFESSION Architectural Technologist practice policy towards all technical and environmental issues including:QUALIFICATIONS HND Building Studies - Architectural Technology (Huddersfield) • Internal operations including implementation of ISO14001 1987 • Technical Research BA (Hons) Architecture (Leeds) 1994 • Staff education MSc Sustainable Architecture with distinction (Huddersfield) • Sustainability in building design. 2009 The Stephen George & Partners Guide to Building Materials and thePERSONAL PROFILE Environment - Co-AuthorChris joined Stephen George & Partners’ Leeds office in 1995 and became an An interactive reference work, free to download from www.stephengeorge.co.uk.Associate Director in 2005. Designed to be one of the first written guides for professionals interested in theChris has experience of a wide range of architectural projects ranging from environmental impact of various building materials.underground housing and conservation projects in rural environments to large Netherhall Learning Campus, Huddersfield - Team leader and Designercommercial developments. Feasibility study for the refurbishment and extension of existing school facilitiesChris is chair of Stephen George & Partners’ Sustainability Steering Group and, covering 5-19 year olds and including construction of one of the UK’s first twowith like-minded colleagues, advises the practice and our clients on matters studio schools.relating to environmental issues and sustainable design. University of Kent Sustainable Construction Academy, Dartford - Design andHis research into low energy buildings both for the practice and as part of an MSc Technical Consultancy :project in Sustainable Architecture gained him a qualification with distinction in Further education facility incorporating numerous low carbon constructions and2009. systems. The building itself is designed to be a teaching tool and demonstration facility for sustainable technologies.Chris has recently co-authored Stephen George & Partners’ Guide to BuildingMaterials and the Environment which is receiving plaudits from sustainable design Royal Bath & West Showground re-development masterplan - Team Leader :professionals around the world. Extensive redevelopment of one of the most prestigious agricultural showgrounds in the UK. It is intended that the project will eventually incorporate commercial,Chris was invited to deliver a seminar on sustainable design at Expo 2010 Shanghai retail and leisure facilities together with renewable energy technology andin association with the University of Nottingham. innovation centres 91
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Jobcentre Plus UK Roll-out - Team Leader: Concept House, Leeds - Team Leader Expansion of the UK Governments’ Department of Work and Pensions’ welfare City centre 400+ unit student housing and residential scheme for Unite Group plc facilities in the the North West, Wales and the North East to meet the demands of Exhibition stand for Stephen George & Partners - Designer the current economic downturn. Numerous (20+) feasibility and design studies; Mobile, prefabricated installation for the promotion of our practice at various project designs and production information co-ordination exhibitions and conferences Summit Park Glasshoughton Leeds – TEVA Pharmaceuticals - Team Leader: Morecambe Bay 18,800 sqm. Pharmaceutical packing plant and distribution warehouse with 4,800 Design Competition - A proposal for a seafront artificial bathing, surfing and sqm corporate headquarters and offices, Glasshoughton, Castleford, Yorkshire. diving complex and spa Student housing at William Morris Halls Loughborough for Unite Group plc - Landmark East Team Leader: Design Competition - A scheme for a major interactive business, technology and Refurbishment of five existing student housing units and two new build facilities tourist centre in the the east of England providing a total of 160 units for students attending Loughborough University. 1995-2000 2000 - 2005 Associate. Management of team of up to 15 people dealing with a variety of projects. Senior Technologist / Architectural Assistant running and assisting in medium to large size projects from inception to completion in public, commercial, industrial Assisting in general management, marketing and client liaison of the practice. and retail fields. Assisting in the inception and growth of Stephen George & Sideway Park - sustainable low energy distribution warehouse - Team Leader Partners Leeds 380,000 sqft development designed to achieve the highest BREEAM rating for any Access 26, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire - Designer and Project Co-ordinator such development in Britain Combined warehouse and office park adjacent to the M62 Motorway. Responsible Jobcentre Plus Roll-out - Team Leader for initial design concepts, planning approvals, design and production information Running District Architect teams for the Department of Work and Pensions’ for the first buildings of each type on an extensive site. Jobcentre Plus roll-out across Yorkshire and Humberside covering 50+ sites. Benefits Agency, Mexborough, South Yorkshire - Detailed design and production Fort Dunlop, Birmingham - Team Leader information 550,000 sqft office and distribution centre for Goodyear Dunlop on behalf of New build two-storey offices and extension and refurbishment of an existing Prologis plc. building for a UK government welfare department. Victoria Place, Leeds 120,000 sqft commercial office development on southern fringe of Leeds city centre. Responsible for production of design drawings and details, specifications and contract documentation.92
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team1988 – 1995 Arthur Quarmby Partnership, Huddersfield SPECIALISMS/ PARTICULAR SKILLSSenior Technologist: running small to medium size projects from inception to • n-depth understanding of sustainable design principles and their practical Icompletion in many varied fields: education, leisure, retail, industrial, mineral application to projectsworking and social and bespoke housing. • Passive and environmentally responsive design•  arious earth-sheltered structures and other innovative architectural concepts V • Innovative and Green materials relating to both new build and listed buildings or projects within conservation and other sensitive areas. •  xperience in management of project design teams and expedition of sometimes E•  esearch into architectural history of various British and Asian areas for practical R unusual solutions to architectural problems application. •  nowledge of recent post-war architectural history including methods of K•  esearch into and application of ‘green’ architectural principles including micro- R construction and inherent problems. climatic ecosystems, such as new woodland areas. •  xtensive technical knowledge of the construction process and detail design of E•  everal local awards won. S buildings.Asian Restaurant, John William Street, Huddersfield - Designer •  xtensive experience in design and construction of commercial offices and EProposals to install a replica of a classical Indian palace within a 19th Century distributon warehousingfaçade. Intended to be an authentic facsimile of pre-Mogul architecture and to bethe North of England’s most prestigious Asian restaurant • Knowledge of historical and ancient architectural stylesSheltered Housing, Lockwood, Huddersfield - Detailed design production SOFTWARE CAPABILITIESinformation • Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook, PowerPointExtensive new build housing and flats for the retired and the infirm with anadjacent residential facility for the mentally handicapped. Designed in the local • AutoCad (CAD package)vernacular and constructed from locally quarried stone. • Microstation (CAD package)Various earth-sheltered and underground structures - Technical resolution and • Sketch Up (3D design programme)detailed design • M-Colour (2D rendering programme)Arthur Quarmby designed and lives in the UK’s first earth-sheltered house.Accordingly, many projects were undertaken in this unusual form including: • Ecotect (Environmental modelling and simulation software)Adobe Photoshop• Domestic swimming pools • Adobe Acrobat• Domestic extensions • Macromedia Dreamweaver• Bespoke housing• Builders’ merchants 93• Visitor centres
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Stuart Richardson, Dip Arch RIBA WORK HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE Partner - Leicester Office 1973 – Present: Stephen George & Partners LLP – Leicester, UK DOB 10 June 1948 Dickens Heath New Village Centre: Masterplanning/Urban Design NATIONALITY British A joint venture project with a private Developer and Public Authority to masterplan a mixed-use scheme that included retail, offices, residential apartments and private PROFESSION Chartered Architect housing, forming the central area for an existing settlement at Dickens Heath - QUALIFICATIONS Diploma Architecture (Leicester) July 1973 Solihull. Underground car parking enabled a solution that maximised densities and MEMBERSHIPS Royal Institute of British Architects (elected February 1975) provided a pedestrian-friendly environment. The whole development won a 5 star 4310777 accolade in the Daily Mail UK Property Awards. Architects Registration Board (ARB) (since 1976) 042070K Coventry Peugeot HQ and Residential/Mixed-use Masterplan: Masterplanning/ PERSONAL PROFILE Urban Design The winning entry in a developer led competition to provide a new 80,000 sqft “The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes that achievement (7500 sqm) UK Headquarters building for the French company, PSA Peugeot. The possible…” and so it has been since 1973 when Stuart first joined Stephen George masterplan for 80 acres (32.5 hectares) included a new residential community with & Partners straight after completing his college course. Consequently, Stuart has local shopping facilities and office accommodation to serve this new community. seen the practice develop and evolve from its early days through to the present, and in recognition of his valuable contribution, Stuart was made an Associate Alongside the headquarters building, a new Peugeot Technical Centre was also in1979 and then in1982 was invited to become a full Partner. constructed. It was in the early 80s that Stuart first took an interest in masterplanning, and Coventry Paragon Park Mixed-use masterplan: Masterplanning/Urban Design became instrumental in the practice being recognised within the development A similar sized site to the above development circa 80 acres (32.5 hectares), community as being a ‘practice that always delivers what it set out to achieve’. providing 1,500 new housing units and retail facilities to serve this new urban Stuart specialises in masterplanning and has been responsible for the planning of village, located adjacent to the Coventry City canal. The project has evolved over a new settlements and commercial developments in the UK and in Europe. period of five or six years responding to market changes in housing requirements over this period, originally based on a high density residential apartment and Promotion of the major schemes has usually involved public exhibitions, brochure mixed–use proposal to the current traditional family housing layout. presentation, marketing material and illustrations to assist the planning process. All marketing and exhibition displays are carried out under Stuart’s supervision. He maintains a close involvement in the whole process of masterplanning within the practice, from initial design through to the final marketing of the schemes. Recently Stuart became a Director of Stephen George International and has helped with the promotion of a new office in Bulgaria, and with opportunities in Romania94 and Shanghai.
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project TeamLiverpool Victoria Docks Urban Village: Masterplanning/Urban Design Hartland Park Residential Masterplan: MasterplanningThe winning scheme for a new urban village of 22 hectares located on the old The site initially was being promoted as an industrial/employment zone. WeVictoria Docks in Liverpool, part of a World Heritage Site designation. The brief were appointed to provide an alternative masterplan for a mixed-use communityasked for a sustainable Urban Community that would revitalise this rundown area that contained all the facilities needed to allow a new community to becomeof Liverpool. The scheme kept the original pattern of water features and enhanced established. 1,000 residential units, with a district centre, and small scaletheir setting with new development taking local architectural precedents as a employment units were key components of the proposal.theme for the new built environment. Some of the old disused docks were deep Rochester Mixed-use Community Masterplan: Masterplanningwater docks, built in the early c1800s. These were drained and car parking for We were appointed by a private developer to assist in the preparation of a bidthe development as a whole was provided on a series of levels within the original to develop a vacant, prominent site next to the River Thames, and adjacent todepth of the drained docks. A shallow tray of water was proposed, to cover the historic town of Rochester. The masterplan produced, was based on historicthe car parking areas, so returning the visual impact of the dock to its previous fortifications found along the Thames used to protect riverside settlements fromsetting. Below this tray of water, the original granite walled construction to the attack from invaders. The community formed was self sufficient in facilities anddocks would be exposed as a historic reference. A new school with local shopping, included a school, a district centre including retail and small scale offices, togetherresidential apartments, offices and tourist features were provided to help enhance with a combination of apartments and family town houses.and secure the future viability of the new settlement. A floating village was alsoproposed as an additional feature to the head of the Liverpool-Leeds Canal, which Parkside, Warrington Masterplan: Materplanningwas also part of the overall masterplan. Appointed by a private developer to masterplan a major distribution hub straddling the M6 motorway, the 275 hectare site will contain over 650,000 sqmGrange Park Northampton Mixed-use Masterplan: Masterplanning of industrial and distribution floorspace with an integrated strategic rail freightGrange Park is a new mixed – use settlement on the outskirts of Northampton. The interchange, direct rail connection to most buildings and a new business centre.creation of a strong masterplan started a 15 year development process which is This highly sustainable development will be heated and powered by a new Wastenow nearing completion. Containing 1,500 houses, 200,000 sqm of employment to Energy combined heat and power station.space, hotels, care home and a district centre, the zoned masterplan wasdeveloped around a green grid of structural landscaped corridors that were also Alconbury, Cambridgeshire: Masterplanningan integral part of the SUDS strategy, as well as providing significant leisure and This 413 hectare former American airbase will provide a new strategic distributionrecreational space. hub for the east of the United Kingdom containing over 750,000 sqm of rail served floorspace, direct rail connections to buildings and ancillary business support services. The site was also promoted as a possible contender for the previous government’s commitment to build a series of new Eco Towns. The new settlement would have contained 5,000 homes with supporting infrastructure to allow a sustainable community to become established. 95
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Luton/London International Airport Century Park: Masterplanning Blythe Valley Business Park Masterplan: Masterplanning Strategically located adjacent to Luton Airport, a new distribution and employment The initial masterplan was prepared in order to win the opportunity of working zone is proposed as an expansion of the existing Airport support facilities, with a joint private Developer/Local Authority consortium. Our plan and approach comprising 250,000 sqm meters of industrial and office space ranging in size from to how we proposed to carry out our vision for the site became the preferred 500 to 5000 sqm. option and we were appointed as the sole masterplanners. The masterplan contains 125,000 sqm of high quality offices and is one of the UK’s premier Heanor, Extension of Existing Housing Areas: Masterplanning business parks. Set within a new countryside park, the development contains a Prepared as a response to Local Authority/Parish Council requirements to fulfil range of office and headquarters buildings up to 13,000 sqm. a perceived housing shortfall within the Heanor Parish. The land was a former open cast coal mine that was abandoned in the 1980s and subsequently filled Sketchley Brook Hinckley Mixed-use Masterplan: Masterplanning in and then left to establish its own wildlife habitat. Our brief was to provide a Appointed by a private international developer to masterplan this site which was new housing settlement which linked in with the existing community, but had to a former dry cleaning, industrial cleaning facility. Ground contamination and have an identity of its own that enabled it to provide a fulfilling living, social and flooding were constraints that had to be overcome. The masterplan was zoned community spirit in its own right. Development was restricted to specific areas to into sectors with each sector having a use and character specific to that sector. An avoid contamination and the ‘High Wall’ left by the historic coal mining activities. industrial/employment park was located adjacent to an existing employment zone, The development avoids the ‘High Wall’ and areas of worst contamination, and was separated by a strong landscaped belt from a new housing zone adjacent which in turn has helped define the new ‘Village Green’ around which the new to existing housing areas. Sketchley Brook which had been culverted under the development occurs. existing factory, before its demolition, became a strong landscaped feature of the new housing. A district centre/neighbourhood centre became the focus of Reith Housing Masterplan Glasgow: Masterplanning the masterplan and included healthcare, retail and offices as part of its core. An Appointed to masterplan a feasibility study for a self-sufficient residential existing public park was restored and public amenities improved as part of the community comprising 8,000 units. The community was seen as an opportunity masterplan. to address the perceived housing shortfall in Glasgow. The masterplan included an employment zone, retail zone, and a strong mix of housing types to satisfy local East Midlands Rail Freight Terminal Masterplan: Masterplanning demands for housing. Strategically located adjacent to East Midlands Airport and the M1 (a major UK national motorway). We produced a masterplan for a major national distribution hub, comprising 750,000 sqm of rail freight/air freight distribution.96
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project TeamHawley, Luton, New Residential Masterplan: Masterplanning Stanton, Nottingham, a Sustainable Community Masterplan: Masterplanning/Located to the west of Luton Airport and adjacent to Century Park industrial Urban Designemployment zone described above, comprising 5,000 residential units and Appointed by a private developer to prepare a mixed-use masterplan incorporatingconceived as a series of small interlinked hamlets complete with retail, 700 residential units, neighbourhood facilities and a district centre to become aneighbourhood centres, education facilities, leisure facilities all adding support self-sufficient community within and adjacent to, an existing community. The sitefor this new community together with a new rapid transport link to connect and was an old open cast mine spoil heap and consequently involves remediation toextend the new rapid transport system proposed for Luton. neutralise some of the slurry toxins. The existing profile of the site is approximately 15-20 metres above the natural ground level of the surrounding residentialRAF Upwood Sustainable Community Masterplan: Masterplanning areas. By careful re shaping of the spoil heap a new profile has been establishedRAF Upwood was a former World War I and II aerodrome, which ceased which allows for a unique development to take place by designing with the newoperations in the early 1970s and has been dormant ever since. The existing contoured slopes. Part of the reclamation strategy was the recovery of coal fromaircraft hangers have been sold to a private occupier but have a major visual the slurry waste, which could then be reused. The overall masterplan was designedimpact on the site that encloses them. We were appointed to prepare a to meet the Governments Code for Sustainable Homes and Communities Codemasterplan for an environmentally sustainable community meeting Code Level level 5.5 of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes. The masterplan comprises650 residential units, a neighbourhood centre to serve this community andadjacent existing communities, and small scale employment units. The schemewas designed to be self-sufficient in power by using a biomass combined heatand power centralised facility, together with extensive willow planting to supplysome of the fuel for this unit. A centralised water reclamation unit is also proposedwhich processes grey water and then recirculates the cleaned water for reuse. 97
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Weston Otmoor, a New Eco Town Masterplan: Masterplanning/Urban Design Benefits to the Project The scale of development was for the provision of 15,000 – 20,000 properties • Experience in sustainable masterplanning development which approximates to a population of 40,000 people and demanded an • Considerable experience in masterplanning new settlements approach to design that promoted the creation of a series of linked spaces/ squares/linear markets to form an active High Street which became the focus • Proven track record of masterplanning complex sites for the new community. The masterplan was based on a strong public transport SOFTWARE CAPABILITIES infrastructure and had to be free to use for all residents. The use of travel by • Microsoft Office car was discouraged, the aim being to encourage walking, such that walking becomes the most convenient and easiest means to carry out daily tasks. Walking • Adobe Acrobat also helps to invigorate, encourage exercise without any conscious effort, and • Macromedia Freehand promotes social contact. To assist the weaning of individuals from their cars, all • Use of pen and pencil as a design tool facilities, schools and the High Street were never further than a seven minute walk (400 metres) from either their front door or the tram system being provided as a means of public transport that would take them to where they needed to go. Biomass and anaerobic digestion were incorporated to help provide combined heat and power facilities, and in the case of the anaerobic digestion, this was linked to a horticultural growing enterprise to provide some of the food for the new community. The eco town was a response to the Government’s Eco Town initiative to create a series of sustainable communities that took account of the impact of global warming and all the issues arising as a result in order to reduce carbon emissions, and was short-listed down to the last five. SPECIALISMS/ PARTICULAR SKILLS • Co-ordination and delivery of complex and diverse masterplanning projects • Urban regeneration • Co-ordination of design team • Close working relationships with clients • Strong sketching and visual media presentation skills98
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Tihomir Kazakov, MA Arch 2010-present: Stephen George International, Sofia, Bulgaria Director, Sofia Office Associate ArchitectNATIONALITY Bulgarian Responsible for the design in all stages: preliminary, concept, technical, working projects.PROFESSION Architect Working directly with the clients from their initial ideas till the completion of theQUALIFICATIONS Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of project. Experience in masterplanning, residential, industrial and logistics projects,Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria commercial buildings and interior fit-outs.MEMBERSHIPS The Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria 2008-2011: Architectural Group Kazakov, Sofia/BulgariaPERSONAL PROFILE ArchitectIn November 2010 Tihomir became a key partner of the SGI for Bulgaria. Responsible for the design in all stages: preliminary, concept, technical, workingBefore merging with the SG International team, Tihomir established Architectural project. Experience in masterplanning, residential, industrial and logistics projects,Group Kazakov in Bulgaria in 2004 and has succeeded in attracting clients commercial buildings and interior fit-outs.throughout the spectrum of the Bulgarian and international market. 2004-2007: ProArch Ltd, Sofia, BulgariaHaving started his career as a draftsman while a student and becoming a Architectural technician and CGI Artistsenior architect after graduating UACEG as MA architect and GIS specialisationin University of East London, in well established Bulgarian Architectural and Experience in all stages of the design. Responsible for the delivery of the finalConsulting practice, Tihomir has experienced the industry from most angles and product: technical drawings, 3D visualisations, graphic presentations.has been responsible for the design, delivery and supervision of high qualityresidential and commercial projects in Bulgaria. As he is a fast decision maker, hecan achieve results under pressure and to tight deadlines. He is a strong advocate SOFTWARE CAPABILITIESof quality responsive design in the built environment and is driven to make a - ArchiCAD (CAD Package)difference in areas and environments where there is a need. - 3ds max (3D Package)Tihomir’s team have considerable experience in designing, delivering and - vRay (Rendering engine)supervising complex projects, ranging from one off masterplanning to residences,hotels and lifestyle resorts, office buildings. They are strongly oriented in approval - Adobe Photoshop (Image editing package)and agreement of projects, well grounded with the area codes, procedures and - Adobe Illustrator (Presentation package)legislation practice. - Adobe Flash (Web design and effects)WORK HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE 99
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Specialisms & Skills • 5 storey residential building with stores, Sofia, GBA 3700 m2 • CAD operator and Graphic Designer • 5 storey residential building with offices on “Elini vrah”str., Sofia GBA 4200 sqm • Business Generation • 5 storey residential building with stores on “Banat”str., Sofia, GBA 4400 sqm • Architectural and Master planning Design • 5 storey residential building with offices on “Nikolai Ostrovski”str., Sofia GBA • Consultancy 3600 sqm • Design Team Co-ordination • 5 storey residential building with stores on “Dimitar Manov”str., Sofia, GBA • Overall experience in realising large projects from the client brief to delivery. 3100 sqm • Membership in non-government institution • 7 storey residential building with stores on “Vaptzarov”blvd., Sofia, GBA 4400 • Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria – full membership sqm • Union of Architects in Bulgaria – chairman of ASA-society 12, co-founder of • 7 storey residential building with offices on “Uri Gagarin”str., Sofia, GBA 3100 TEACHING MODULE under ASA sqm Positions Held 2010 - Current Director, Stephen George International PROJECTS WITH ARCHITECTURAL GROUP KAZAKOV 2004- 2010 Founder, Director, Architectural Group Kazakov • 6 storey residential building with stores and piano bar on “Srebarna”str., Sofia, GBA 3150 sqm– nominated for Building of the Year 2009 1998-2004 Senior Architect and Designer in Architectural Group Tzonkov • 8 storey residential building with stores, offices, restaurant, apartment hotel on 1996-1998 draftsman, CAD operator, graphic designer in Architectural Group “Cherni vrah” Boulevard, Sofia, Tzonkov GBA 10 000 sqm • 5 storey residential building with stores on “Sveti Kiprian”str., Sofia, GBA 3700 Relevant Experience m2 PROJECTS WITH ARCHITECTURAL GROUP TZONKOV • Apartment hotel with SPA centre, bars and restaurant in Bansko, GBA 9000 • Office building on “G.M.Dimitrov” blvd. GBA 3000 sqm. sqm • Amusement Park SofiaLand on area of 33000 m2 • Sinemoretz Bay Resort Hotel, Sinemoretz, GBA 5300 sqm • Zagora City Hotel , Stara Zagora, GBA 7200 m2 • 6 storey residential building with stores and offices on “Kishinev”str., Sofia,100
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Ivan Kunchev, MA Arch Associate Architect, Sofia Office Office Fitout – an office layout in a four-storey building including reception, conference room, open office spaces, directors’ offices.NATIONALITY Bulgarian Oman – Raysut and Adhan animation – animation of the masterplan for RaysutPROFESSION Architect and Adhan cities in Oman. Day and night shots.PERSONAL PROFILE China Tobacco Factory – sustainable headquarters of a tobacco factory in Sichuan,QUALIFICATIONS Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of China. Two variations of the massing and design. The site stands out with waterarchitecture, civil engineering and geodesy, Sofia/ Bulgaria areas around the buildings and green roofing.MEMBERSHIPS The Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria, Union Internatinale des Students’ Dormitory – masterplan containing 10 buildings. A detailed survey wasArchitectes necessary to examine the advantages of the site. Further a concept project for onePERSONAL PROFILE building was developed and room interior as well.PERSONAL PROFILE: Ivan joined Stephen George International in 2010 and became 2007-2010 – Architectural Group Kazakovan Associate Architect in 2011 in Bulgarian office in Sofia. Ivan has over 5 years As a part of AGK office, Ivan was working mainly on masterplans and residentialexperience in designing and delivering various projects but mainly residential projects.buildings. In 2008 he became a senior architect responsible for the architectural team.Ivan often helps with visulisation work and print design and implementing hisskills and 8 years experience in this area. His various skills makes him suitable forevery project stage. 2005-2007 – Vento ConsultWORK HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE: As a young architect on probation, Ivan was responsible for the technical drawings of the projects. Starting to get familiar with architectural software, he began2010-Present: Stephen George International, Sofia Bulgaria helping with 3d modelsAs a part of the Stephen George International team in Sofia, Ivan participated in Garden of Eden – a 5 star residential complex with total spread build area ofmost of the international projects in the company. 72000 m2. Located in the north part of Sveti Vlas. The main advantage of theOman Salalah Free Zone – Business Center - complex is that it provides sea view to almost 80% of the apartments.a facility with a more leisure focus where overseas investors can be brought and 2004-2005 – UACEG Models departmententertained while they are demonstrated the many benefits of investing in Free Helping and building scaled architectural models in the university department.Zone. Participated in few big model projects: Masterplan in Bourgas, Hotel Oasis in 101
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Vladislav Dechev, MA Arch Associate Architect Associate Architect, Sofia Office Responsible for the design in all stages: preliminary, concept, technical, working projects. NATIONALITY Bulgarian Working directly with the clients from their initial ideas till the completion of the PROFESSION Architect project. Experience in masterplanning, residential, industrial and logistics projects, commercial buildings and interior fit-outs. QUALIFICATIONS Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of 2008-2011: Architectural Group Kazakov, Sofia, Bulgaria Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria Architect MEMBERSHIPS The Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria Responsible for the design in all stages: preliminary, concept, technical, working PERSONAL PROFILE project. Experience in masterplanning, residential, industrial and logistics projects, Vladislav joined Stephen George International in 2010 Since then he’s been commercial buildings and interior fit-outs. involved in multiple projects: Masterplanning, residential, industrial, commercial 2004-2007: ProArch Ltd, Sofia/Bulgaria buildings. Architectural technician and CGI Artist Currently he is undergoing training in logistics and has been tasked with Experience in all stages of the design. Responsible for the delivery of the final co-ordination technical know-how and information between the UK and Sofia. product: technical drawings, 3D visualization, graphic presentations. The most significant recent projects include: - Tobacco Company Headquarters, China SOFTWARE CAPABILITIES - Heineken Warehouse Storage Facility, Stara Zagora/Bulgaria - ArchiCAD (CAD Package) - Business Incubator, Sofia, Bulgaria - 3ds max (3D Package) - Adhan Free Zone development, Oman - vRay (Rendering engine) Along with his architectural experience, Vladislav is an exceptionally experienced - Adobe Photoshop (Image editing package) and skilled graphical visualiser and is responsible for CAD visualisation and animation in the office. - Adobe Illustrator (Presentation package) WORK HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE - Adobe Flash (Web design and effects) 2010-present: Stephen George International, Sofia, Bulgaria - Adobe Premiere Pro (Video editing package)102
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Project Team Matthew Clark, MA Design & Manufacture RECENT PROJECTS Commercial Partner - Sofia Office refurbishment, Coventry, UK: Design and visualisation, site survey, layout and space planning for new offices, cafeteria and changing facilities to include relocation of staff restaurant and changing rooms to create more effectiveNATIONALITY British flow through the building, complete re-design of office and reception areaPROFESSION Commercial Interior Design and re-design of first floor to include new meeting and training rooms withQUALIFICATIONS MA Design & Manufacture refreshment area, toilets and cloakrooms. The project was realised through close client liaison and site meetings, and is now entering the planning stage. Retail design, UK: Design and visualisation, site survey, layout and space planningPERSONAL PROFILE using AutoCAD and Sketchup for a number of branches of a high end fashionMatthew is a Commercial Interior Designer and Project Manager with considerable retailer, including bespoke store designs for Spitalfields and Kildare Village, plusexperience in a range of interior design and fit out projects, in both Bulgaria and concessions in Harrods and a number of House of Fraser stores across the UK toUK. He has spent the best part of the last 10 years living and working in Bulgaria, comply with new worldwide interior concept.developing a wide network of contacts within the construction sector. Matthewnow oversees the business development of SGI, using his network of contacts tosecure new projects and clients. SPECIALISMS/PARTICULAR SKILLS • Commercial Interior Design, Project Management, Business development.WORK HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE • Language skills: Professional fluency in BulgarianJuly 2012-present: Stephen George International, Sofia, BulgariaCommercial Partner: Commercial Interior Design, Project Management and SOFTWARE CAPABILITIESBusiness Development • AutoCad (CAD Package)March 2011 - July 2012 • SketchUp (3D Package)Arx Project Ltd.: Commercial interior design, workplace planning and fit out, • Adobe Photoshop (Image editing package)including full project management from concept to completion. • Adobe Illustrator (Presentation package)March 2009 – March 2011 • Adobe InDesign (Presentation package)MCD DESIGN: Commercial Interior design; concept, realisation and project • Microsoft officemanagement. 103
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Company Credentials Co-authored Chapter 15 (Industrial Storage Buildings) of ‘The Metric Handbook - Planning & Design Data’, 3rd edition, which sets out the industry standard for the design of logistics buildings. Co-authored Prologis UK Ltd Parameters. Consistently amongst the top three practices in the UK operating within the distribution sector (The Architects’ Journal Quarterly Surveys) and 60% of our workload is in the distribution and industrial sectors. Masterplanning, design and delivery of industrial and distribution buildings. Complex and diverse sites. We combine strong design skills with commercial realism to produce coherent and deliverable strategies. Close liason with all stakeholders ensuring proposals are sensitive to the locality and provide a positive and viable framework for development. In-house quality management system which ensures that projects are managed efficiently and effectively. Projects ranging from SME units to single buildings in excess of 93,000 sqm (1 million sqft).104
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Company Credentials• RIBA Chartered Practice 2008/9• Quality Assurance ISO 9001: 2000• Investors in People• Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For 2008• Working towards ISO 14001 Environmental Management System• Member of the Bulgarian Chamber of Architects 105
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    • Company Credentials and supporting information Health & Safety Policy Health and Safety Policy If you have any comments or suggestions relating to this policy document, please pass these to your Representative of Employee Safety (H&S Steering Group Introduction Members), a Board Member or the Board Member Responsible for Health and Safety - Geoff Ward). This document contains the Health and Safety Policy for Stephen George & Partners, as required by legislation and regarded by the Board of Management as Health and Safety Steering Group an important method for outlining the way in which health and safety issues shall Our Health and Safety Steering Group comprises the following individuals from be managed. within the practice: Section 1 contains the Statement of Intent, which outlines the personal Geoff Ward Partner - board member responsible for H&S (chair) - Leeds commitment of the Partner responsible for Health and Safety and the Board to ensuring the health safety and welfare of all staff, and others associated with Yazmin El Ashrafi Admin Team Leader – Leicester activities of Stephen George & Partners. Clive Watterson Designer (CDM-Co-ordinator expertise) - Leicester Section 2, the Statement of Organisation, outlines the responsibilities which Marcus Smith Designer (architect designer / management) - Solihull specific post-holders have for implementing the health and safety policy. Also Kenji Matthews IT Manager (technologist designer) - Leicester included are general responsibilities for all of those with supervisory responsibility and for all staff in general. Nick Austin Practice Manager (architect designer) - Leicester Section 3 contains the Statement of General Arrangements. This provides a brief outline of how a number of the key health and safety issues within the organisation shall be managed. However, it does not give the full detailed arrangements, these are referenced and can be obtained if required from Stephen George & Partners’ “Safety Procedure Manuals”.110
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Health & Safety Policy1. Statement of Intent •  e shall, so far as is reasonably practicable following risk assessment, W  implement effective technical and procedural control measures to My colleagues in Stephen George & Partners and I are committed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our partners, staff and others undertaking all our activities in a safe and efficient manner. We shall to whom we have a duty. strive to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all our employees and others who may be affected by our operations. No accident or incidence •  e shall seek to ensure that all building designs for which we W  of ill health is acceptable; we shall ensure that necessary resources are are responsible are safe and without risk to health, both during allocated to address the control of health and safety risks. construction and use. As a minimum we shall seek to identify and comply with all relevant •  e shall identify and provide necessary training for Partners and staff W  legislation and adopt best practice for the prevention of injury and ill to ensure that they have the required skills and knowledge to undertake health to all those for whom we have a responsibility. their work in a competent and safe manner. As an architectural practice we recognise that we have particular •  e shall consult with our staff and seek to encourage feedback on W  obligations to ensure that buildings are designed such that they can be health and safety issues. We shall encourage staff not to undertake any safely constructed, maintained and remain safe for the lifecycle of that activity which they believe has an unacceptable level of risk. building. We shall adopt the following objectives to manage these and all •  e shall regularly review our health and safety performance and W  other risks for which we are responsible. undertake corrective actions as necessary as we aspire for continuous improvement. This policy shall be regularly reviewed and updated as necessary. 02 September 2009 Geoff Ward BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA Partner (Competent Person as defined in Regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999) 111
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Health & Safety Policy 2. Statement of Organisation External professional assistance shall be obtained when necessary to ensure that strategic development of standards and procedures for 2.1. Principles managing safety is practised to the required industry standards. The Partner responsible for Health and Safety has overall responsibility for Connaught Compliance Training Services Ltd. (formerly Corporate Health ensuring that adequate arrangements are in place to manage health and & Safety Solutions Ltd.) is retained under a consultancy contract with safety risks associated with activities in the practice. In order to effectively Stephen George & Partners to provide specialist support, assistance, discharge this duty, a number of key post-holders have been given training and advice as required. Arrangements shall be regularly reviewed responsibilities. This includes ensuring that adequate resources are made to ensure that this arrangement is delivering cost-effective safety benefits. available for addressing key safety concerns. Specifically, one of the Partners, Geoff Ward has been allocated a specific remit for overseeing the development and maintenance of systems to manage health and safety within the organisation. He also fulfils the role of Competent Person – as defined by Regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Act 1999. The implementation of these policy requirements shall be facilitated by Geoff Ward working with other Partners and individuals within the practice who have been given a specific remit in respect of Management of Health and Safety. In order to enhance effective communication of Health and Safety issues generally within the organisation, a “Health & Safety Steering Group” has been convened, with representatives of employee safety from each of our office locations. The group is representative of staff involved both in the technical building design aspects of the practice as well as the day-to- day management and operation of the office. This group meets regularly – typically every six months - and acts as a forum for the discussion of Health and Safety related topics and policy within the organisation.112
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Health & Safety Policy2.2. Organisation Chart 2.3. Specific Safety Responsibilities Certain key posts have been identified with specific responsibilities for managing and implementing aspects of Health and Safety. These are: 2.4. Partner Responsible for Health and Safety (competent person) 2.4.1. Overall management responsibility for Health and Safety. 2.4.2. Agreement for the allocation of necessary resources for implementing Health and Safety arrangements – typically with Partners who have responsibility for relevant budget areas – e.g. training. 2.4.3. Regular involvement in promoting Health and Safety within the Practice. 2.4.4. Ensure that the Health and Safety policy and arrangements are implemented. 2.4.5. Represent the Board of Management at Health and Safety Steering Group meetings. 2.4.6. Oversee the production of the framework for managing Health and Safety within Stephen George & Partners – working with the Practice Manager. 2.4.7. Overseeing the writing of Health and Safety procedures. 2.4.8. Develop an effective risk assessment programme, working closely with Partners to ensure that these are effectively implemented. 2.4.9. Co-ordinating a programme of safety inspections. 2.4.10. Keep abreast of the Health and Safety implications of new legislation, taking advice as necessary. 2.4.11. Implement a programme of Health and Safety Steering Group meetings. 2.4.12. Ensure that an overall risk assessment programme is effective and relevant. 113
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Health & Safety Policy 2.5. Practice Manager, Team Leaders and Supervisors 2.6. All Employees There are a number of legal responsibilities which all managers must 2.6.1. Take care of their own health and safety and that of others could foresee accept. These are as follows: ably be harmed by their actions or failure to act. 2.5.1. Ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare 2.6.2. Adhere to rules and instructions which have been implemented by of employees for whom they are responsible. Stephen George & Partners to protect health and safety. Not to recklessly interfere with any arrangements which have put in place to ensure their 2.5.2. Ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare safety. of non-employees for whom they are responsible. 2.6.3. Report any serious or imminent danger to their immediate manager or 2.5.3. Ensure that risk assessments have been undertaken as required for the other person as appropriate tasks for which they are responsible. These include the handling of chemicals, work at computer terminals and any manual handling activity. 2.6.4. Notify any shortcomings in health and safety arrangements which they observe to line management – even where no immediate danger exists. 2.5.4. Ensure that workplaces for which they are responsible are safe from health and safety risks with adequate welfare provision. Further detail can 2.6.5. Co-operate with the partnership in implementation of arrangements for be found in the Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 health and safety and associated Approved Code of Practice and Guidance. 2.5.5. Ensure that satisfactory arrangements are in place for undertaking and implementing the findings of risk assessments for areas for which they are responsible. 2.5.6. Ensure that adequate emergency arrangements are in place including fire risk assessments with adequate precautions and first aid.114
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Health & Safety Policy3. Statement of General Arrangements Further details of the arrangements for accidents can be found within the following documentation contained in the practice Health and Safety3.1. Accident and Incident Reporting and Investigation Procedure Manuals: Stephen George & Partners require all accidents and incidents (near • Procedure for accident and incident reporting misses) to be reported. Such information is a key performance indicator. Local arrangements are in place at each office location for staff to • Procedure for accident investigation complete a BI510 accident report form for any incident resulting in 3.2 Alcohol and Drugs personal injury (however slight). Copies of each report shall be kept locally Stephen George & Partners will not tolerate the misuse of drugs and and collated centrally at the Leicester office by the Practice Manager and alcohol by staff. Members of staff that are found to be under the reviewed with the Partner responsible. influence of illegal drugs or alcohol while on duty shall be subject to There is also a reporting procedure for all non-injury incidents which disciplinary action and likely dismissal. New staff are required to declare could include: that they shall not partake of illegal drugs. • Property Damage; Where staff declare that they have a particular dependency problem they • Unsafe conditions; shall be dealt with sympathetically by Stephen George & Partners. • ‘Near-misses’; Full details of the organisation’s Alcohol and Drugs policy can be found in the practice Health and Safety Procedure Manuals. • Verbal abuse, threats of violence. Copies of each report shall be kept locally and collated centrally at the Leicester office by the Practice Manager and reviewed with the Partner responsible. Arrangements are in place to ensure that any reports can be completed discretely and confidentially. Where there is a statutory duty to report an accident to the enforcing authorities, this shall be determined and arranged by The Practice Manager in consultation with the Partners. Accidents and, where appropriate, incidents shall be investigated at a suitable level, to be determined by the Partner responsible. Serious accidents or those with the potential to have been serious will involve relevant Partners. 115
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Health & Safety Policy 3.3 Communication and Consultation 3.5 Construction Work at Stephen George & Partners premises Stephen George & Partners is committed to ensuring that all staff are Stephen George & Partners shall ensure that all construction work (which provided with information relevant to their health and safety. includes refurbishment and demolition) shall be undertaken in such a manner as to minimise the health and safety risk to all persons and in Regular team meetings shall include an item on health and safety and accordance with legal requirements. staff shall be given the opportunity to raise concerns which they may have. Safety concerns can also be raised via the incident reporting scheme Particular care must be taken when undertaking construction works in the (see in the practice Health & Safety Procedure Manuals) or directly with vicinity of normal operations. Risk assessments and method statements the Practice Manager, Partner responsible or any Partner. must address such issues. A health and safety Steering Group is in place and meets on a biannual Full details of the way in which Stephen George & Partners manages basis to discuss issues of relevance to staff. It is an opportunity for construction work can be found in the practice Health and Safety management to outline and consult on new safety measures and for Procedure Manuals. representatives of employee safety to outline any issues which they wish 3.6 Fire Safety Arrangements to raise. A fire risk assessment is in place for each location where staff from Representatives of Employee Safety have been appointed and details of Stephen George & Partners work. This identifies fire risks, required these persons can be found on health and safety notice boards at each precautions, and any necessary actions. location and within the appendix to this policy. These staff have been given a particular remit to represent staff views at Health and Safety All locations must have in place: Steering Group meetings. • A suitable means of raising an alarm and calling the emergency services; Terms of reference for the Health and Safety Steering Group and the •  safe evacuation route from the building, including emergency A appointment of representatives of employee safety can be found in the lighting; practice Health and Safety Procedure Manuals. • Appropriate fire-fighting systems; 3.4 Contractors and Visitors • Adequate safety signs, numbers of exits, fire doors etc. Contractors are engaged for a variety of activities on behalf of Stephen All staff shall undergo fire safety training to understand how to evacuate George & Partners. A procedure is in place for the selection and their building safely and other aspects of the fire safety arrangements. monitoring of contractors. An approved list of contractors is available Further details of Stephen George & Partners Fire Safety arrangements can from the Practice Manager. be found in the practice Health & Safety Procedure Manuals. Where a contractor or visitor comes on site, they are required to sign a register on entering and leaving the premises.116
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Health & Safety Policy3.7 First aid Arrangements 3.10 Planned Inspections and Maintenance A number of staff have received first aid at work training and are available A formal safety inspection of each staffed premises shall take place at to administer first aid where required. Names of qualified first aiders are least three-monthly. All identified non-conformances shall be noted for prominently displayed at all locations and within the appendix to this action. Records shall be kept of all safety inspections and the results policy. discussed, where appropriate at safety meetings. Stephen George & Partners shall ensure that sufficient trained first- More frequent safety tours are undertaken at particular premises as aid staff are available in terms of the risks and shall at least meet the necessary eg. weekly checks on fire arrangements including alarm testing minimum official guidance. In addition, a number of other staff may at each office location. be trained to a more basic level (basic half-day course) where local Periodic inspections and maintenance are undertaken of safety critical circumstances indicate that this would be of benefit. installations and equipment. This includes gas boilers, electrical circuits,3.8 Health Hazard Control portable electrical equipment, ladders and fire safety equipment. Through the risk assessment process (see the practice Health & Safety Procedure Manuals ) Stephen George & Partners aims to identify and control all risks to health to staff, including those of physical, chemical, biological or ergonomic origin. Use of hazardous chemicals shall be minimised and all substances used at each location must be agreed by the local manager.3.9 Performance Monitoring Stephen George & Partners regularly monitors and reviews its performance. Performance is regularly monitored and reported at the bi-monthly Partners meetings, feedback is taken also to the regular health and safety steering group meetings. Review includes: • Accident and incidents reports, trends and patterns; • Results from safety inspections. 117
    • Company Credentials and supporting information Health & Safety Policy 3.11 Risk Assessment 3.12 Training Stephen George & Partners applies principles of risk assessment to Stephen George & Partners ensures that all staff have the necessary level minimise health and safety risks and address legal requirements. In of competence to undertake their duties in a safe and competent manner. particular, risk assessments are focussed on the following topics: A number of required training courses are required for certain duties. • Users of computer workstations For new staff, or staff changing jobs, a training needs analysis shall be undertaken to identify the gap between the required competencies of the •  anual handling of loads M post and the staff member’s existing level of training. •  azardous chemicals H All new staff or staff moving to a new location shall undergo induction • nfections I training, during their first week as far as possible. •  one working L 3.13 Use of Work Equipment •  iolence V Work equipment refers to any item of equipment used at work. This •  ite inspections & survey work S includes tools, and appliances but also any other item such as staplers and other general office utensils, model making equipment, survey •  onstruction site visits C equipment etc. Stephen George & Partners has a duty to ensure that •  ravelling arrangements T all such items are correctly specified and maintained and that staff are competent in their use. •  tress management S Various procedures relate to specific items of equipment are identified in The risk assessment process identifies hazards associated with a task detail and contained in the practice Health & Safety Procedure Manuals. and any significant risks which could result. Existing control measures are noted together with any required actions to reduce the risk to an acceptable level. Findings of risk assessments are recorded. Risk assessments are reviewed following any significant change. A number of generic risk assessments are in place for common activities undertaken throughout Stephen George & Partners. Where these are applicable, local managers have a duty to ensure that any specific factors at their location are addressed and that the findings are implemented. Detailed risk assessment procedure which includes a number of assessment pro formas are available in the practice Health & Safety118 Procedure Manuals.
    • Company Credentials and supporting information SUSTAINABILITY POLICYSustainability Policy Design Policy A 50 per cent reduction of global CO2 emissions is required by 2050 to halt theEnvironment Statement devastating effects of Climate Change {note 1}. The building sector accounts for“Stephen George & Partners are Architects and Masterplanners; it is our business 30-40 per cent of this with 20 per cent in construction and 80 per cent in buildingto create environments; buildings and spaces, which are both pleasing and use {note 2}. It is our policy to work with our clients and our partners in thefunctional for the people who commission them and equally for all those that industry to try and help achieve this reduction wherever possible by carrying outexperience them. In this we will strive for the removal of, or at least the reduction the following...of any adverse effects this has on our planet and its people.” In support of this Briefing and Feasibility:statement we have prepared two policy documents. The first covers our activitiesas designers and the solutions we propose; this is our Sustainable Design Policy. • Encourage clients to adopt sustainable design standards.The second deals with our day-to-day business activities; our Internal Operations • Ensure cost plans set out to be appropriate for a sustainable building.Policy. These documents together will guide our decision making processestowards a more sustainable future. We are also committed to review these policies • Ensure programmes are appropriate to procure a sustainable building.periodically and whenever possible, set improvement objectives. We are also •  stablish environmental performance requirements by way of BREEAM, Code Ecommitted to a continuing programme of education and development for all for Sustainable Homes, embodied carbon targets and carbon emissionsemployees. This is to ensure we have the widespread and up-to-date knowledge reductions.base necessary for us to achieve our environmental goals. •  onsider the need to appoint an environmental engineer at the early stage of C design. • Ensure other members of the design team can contribute to this policy Environmental Site Assessments: • Determine on-site resources, restrictions and opportunities. • Determine locality resources, skills and opportunities. • Carry out an ecological appraisal of all sites and mitigate all negative impacts. • Carry out an assessment of the site’s microclimate. 119
    • Company Credentials and supporting information SUSTAINABILITY POLICY Design: • ncorporate energy efficient lighting and low energy fittings. Externally, specify I fittings designed to avoid upward light pollution. • n the masterplanning of sites, incorporate links to public transport facilities I together with design features to encourage cycling and to reduce reliance on •  educe potable water consumption by recycling of rainwater and grey water R the private car. together. •  uildings, or parts of the development producing noise, should be either B •  mploy sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) to minimise consequential flood E attenuated or located away from other buildings to avoid nuisance to other risk from development. users. • Design to minimise waste and exploit opportunities for pre-fabrication. •  uildings should be designed to exploit passive energy reduction strategies B •  urther our knowledge of energy efficient design by monitoring and analysing F such as: the environmental performance of our completed buildings in use. - Orientation •  onitor and review our internal design process to ensure compliance with this M - High thermal capacity policy. - Natural ventilation and cooling - Control of solar heat gains - Minimising air leakage - Maximised daylight • Improved thermal performance of the building envelope. • n both buildings and masterplanned sites, incorporate active energy reduction I technologies such as: - Building Management Systems - Renewable energy production - On-site heat and energy production - Recycling of heat120
    • Company Credentials and supporting information SUSTAINABILITY POLICYSpecification: Internal Operations Policy•  herever possible specify sustainable materials and construction using National W It is our belief that sustainability starts in the workplace. Embedding this Green Specification embellishment of National Building Specification. philosophy into our business culture, we hope, will also lead to a greater• Identify reserved/potential local and recycled materials. environmental awareness in the wider community.• Specify low water usage equipment and fittings. The following list addresses areas where we feel improvements can be made to Stephen George & Partners’ routines and practices subject to the practicalities and•  repare a database of materials to be avoided or prohibited due to their P limitations of the individual offices. unsustainable or polluting characteristics. Energy Use:Tender: • Gradually replace all “domestic” appliances with ‘A’ rated equipment.• Tender and assess tenders on all environmental issues. •  pecify computer equipment on energy consumption performance where S• Review supply chain management of waste and materials. comparison ratings do not exist.Monitor Construction: •  eplace all kettles and water dispensers with online boiled and or chilled water R• Assist in procurement of local and recycled materials. provision.•  nsure all specification substitution is controlled and regularised in accordance E •  nsure all unnecessary energy systems, including equipment, lighting, heating E with the specification. and ventilation are all shut down when not in use.• Rigorously pursue “airtight” construction. • Obtain “Green Tariff” electricity supply.• Monitor methods of construction and materials used on site. • Print documents only when absolutely necessary.• Participate in waste management reporting in site meetings. • Set a programme for the phasing out of the use of CRT monitors. 1.  8 leaders agreed at the Heiligendamm Summit in 2007 to seriously G • Use low energy or T5 fluorescent lighting wherever possible. consider a global 50 per cent CO2 reduction target; which will hold global Water Use: warming to a temperature increase of between 2 and 2.4 C. •  eplace WC cisterns with maximum volume dual flush of 6 and 4 litres or R 2. United Nations Environment Programme. single flush of 4.5 litres. • Renew taps with low water usage spray taps to wash hand basins. • Use biodegradable soaps and cleaning fluids. 121
    • Company Credentials and supporting information SUSTAINABILITY POLICY Waste Disposal: Office Environment: • Arrange for segregated waste collection and recycle or compost. •  ake measures to prevent sick building syndrome by avoiding the use of “off- T gassing” furniture, fabrics and paints. •  arget a reduction in the generated volume of waste paper. Reuse waste paper T for notes. •  xplore opportunities to encourage biodiversity in the vicinity of the office. E •  ecycle surplus electrical equipment or ensure disposal in accordance with the R •  ake an active interest in issues that affect the office neighbourhood, both T WEEE regulations. residential and business communities. • Print double sided whenever possible. •  ork towards accreditation by a recognised environmental management W system. • Use rechargeable batteries. •  void the use of battery dependant equipment (eg. wireless mice and A keyboards). Transport: •  ncourage the use of public transport for both commuting and business use in E preference to the private car. • Maximise emissions efficiency in company vehicle purchasing decisions. •  ncourage cycling by making secure provision for bike parking and provide a E shower. • Encourage car sharing. • Avoid unnecessary business travel. •  arbon emissions from business related travel to be offset with the purchase of C carbon credits.122
    • Company Credentials and supporting information SUSTAINABILITY AWARDSSUSTAINABILITY AWARDSOn Wednesday 7th December 2011 the RIBA held the RIBA President’s MedalsAwards 2011 which reward and encourage outstanding research in architecture.Hosted by RIBA President, Angela Brady and RIBA Director of Education, DavidGloster, our very own Joanne Denison and Chris Halligan were present (withother members of the Practice and their families for support) to collect theirhighly prestigious and justly deserved RIBA President’s Award for OutstandingProfessional Practice-located Research.Commenting on the project, the judges said: ‘This is a well presented and highlyreadable compendium of construction materials and their environmental impact. Itis written in a language that will sustain both the uninitiated and the comparativeexpert. 123
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