A hybrid structure of concrete, steel and timber provides a new high-tech biotechnology facility.

Promega UK, a life-science company based in Southampton, is developing its new UK headquarters to accommodate expanding operations.

Located on a vacant plot within its current home at The University of Southampton Science Park, the new building is divided across two wings; a single storey wing incorporating a training laboratory and storage facility with a green roof; and a second two-storey wing for offices, meetings rooms, catering and leisure facilities with a sculpted folded roof.

Eckersley O’Callaghan is engineering a hybrid structure in concrete, steel and timber. Concrete will form the substructure and ground floor framing. The superstructure of the office building will be constructed in steel, which is exposed along a glazed facade.

There is a feature timber roof over both buildings designed in BauBuche, a hardwood laminated veneer lumber, with cross laminated timber infill.

The superior strength characteristics of this lumber enables efficient roof elements spanning 20 metres, with column-free spaces below. The availability of the product is limited to specific suppliers, requiring expertise to manufacture and process..

We engaged suppliers early in the process to fully understand the benefits and limitations of working with this innovative product in delivering the client’s exacting brief.

Location
Southampton, UK

Client
Promega

Architect
Architecture PLB