The Community Base building, Queens Road, Brighton, East Sussex
Project: Eco refurbishment of office block
Project Status: On Site
Architect & Principle Designer: BBM Sustainable Design Ltd
Project Manager / Quantity Surveyor: MacConvilles
Structural Engineer: HOP Engineers
Contractor: Facade Concepts
For further details on the project visit our current works tab here
Have you been wondering what is happening to the building at the Community Base building on Queens Road in Brighton?
The community base building is currently undergoing major exterior works, which will substantially reduce running costs by approximately 26%. The associated carbon footprint will be lowered which in turn will extend the life of the building for decades to come. Winters will be warmer and Summers will be cooler for the diverse occupants using this very popular building and iconic Brighton & Hove City landmark.
The existing 1960’s exterior panels are a mix of precast concrete and exposed aggregate panels which have not been much defence against the salty marine air of Brighton. For some years the panels have been exfoliating concrete covering the inner steel reinforcement bars which in turn has forced the bars to rust and crack the concrete shell of the building. Six monthly hammer tests were required to monitor the situation.
In light of this, the decision was made to move forward with a eco refurbishment program. Currently being put in place is a new building skin which combines specialised aluminium panels, a thick layer of insulation and new double glazed windows.
The building accommodates over thirty charitable/voluntary organisations and heating costs are a big concern looking into the future. It is hoped the works will make the spaces not only more economic to occupy but also more comfortable. Works are due to be completed by mid-2017.
To follow the site progress keep an eye on our website!