“Core Five’s Engineering Services team were not only able to price our SMART proposals but also offer insight, alternatives and ideas to the developing design to ensure that our operational aspirations could be achieved within budget. Their advice really helped shape the final Employer’s Requirements which we believe will deliver a building that will provide significant property insight and enable sophisticated control around minimising energy use.” Alison Kilby, Associate – Arup
One Centenary Way is a 16-storey flagship commercial building in the Paradise Development of Birmingham. The building provides office space, along with new retail and a refreshed public realm space. Core Five are pleased to be assisting Arup develop their office space on levels 1, 2, and 3.
Arup is developing its own office space within the building, occupying levels 1-3, with the firm’s own private entrance and auditorium at ground floor. Arup’s space will take inspiration from its recently completed London office, located in 80 Charlotte Street – along with its other developments around the world.
Arup has been able to successfully influence the basebuild installation within its space, allowing the team to optimise the Cat-A design to suit their requirements, therefore saving on energy and costs, whilst reducing the carbon impact of the often wasted elements of Cat-A.
An employee-owned organisation, Arup’s vision is to bring together its members, Clients and collaborators in an open, welcoming and inspiring environment. From a building perspective this is achieved through showcasing key features like the central staircase and event spaces, bringing focus to collaborative and immersive spaces, and creating neighbourhood environments.
Finally, the space will utilise the latest SMART building features, with distributed sensor networks and integrated services, promoting efficient, effective and considered usage for colleagues.
Core Five Added Value
- Robust Cost Planning of MEP Services, ensuring detailed budgets are set for all aspects, including SMART buildings, AV and IT installations. This took place from the early stages and allowed for key decisions to be made on scope.
- Hands-on approach to MEP procurement, ensuring a specifc focus on this as a key package.
- Life Cycle Costing is being undertaken to provide Arup with the ‘full picture’ of their investment, beyond just the initial capital costs. Targeted LCC exercises are also used to ensure long-term, best value solutions are adopted.
- Value Engineering for MEP works, generating savings for the Client and assisting with overall budget maintenance.
Early negotiations with key suppliers to drive value into early specification decisions.
The project team includes:
- Landlord: MEPC
- Services Consultant: Arup
- Architect: HOK
- Contractor: Overbury
The Core Five team includes: