Keynsham Civic Centre, Keynsham
The challenge of the project was to create a dual-purpose facility that would house Bath and North East Somerset council’s activities while helping to regenerate the area. The solution was to build 100,000 sq ft new build mixed use development, which included 18,000 sq ft of new retail space along with 70,000 sq ft of Council offices providing for 650 staff. The result was the creation of an innovative One Stop Shop and Library for local people and new Public Square.
The building received an ‘A’ rated EPC and, rather than a BREEAM rating, has targeted a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) ‘A’. This has been achieved through a cleverly designed natural ventilation strategy, a large area of photovoltaic cells, thin client technology and a hybrid cross-laminated timber frame. The resultant energy and running cost reductions make this the UK’s first DEC ‘A’ rated office building. This all emphasises that sustainability was at the very heart of this design. The building has been acoustically treated throughout using Gyptone QUATTRO ceiling tiles and it has benefitted from full Gyproc drylining systems throughout.
Client: Bath and North East Somerset Council / Main Contractor: Willmott Dixon