Weston gateway Business Park

Commercial New Build of the Year shortlist for Dowlas UK Ltd

16 Nov 2013

Dowlas UK Ltd has celebrated being nominated for the Business Insider South West Commercial New Build of the Year for the new Knightstone Housing Headquarter Office.

Comprising 40,000 square feet of net office, the new office is built over three floors and has recently been occupied by Knightstone on two floors. As well as new office space the building will also include training facilities, meeting rooms and informal spaces. The design will maximise natural light to create a pleasant and healthy working environment.

Gemma outside Knightstone Housing Association new HQ

The Knightstone building will go beyond the minimum building standards and will achieve a BREEAM rating of very good. To save on energy costs, PV solar energy panels will be placed on the south facing side of the roof. Orientated on an east west axis, south facing windows will be shaded from the summer sun by Brise Soleil aluminium louvers.

This Building was the second largest commercial building to go up outside of London last year and is a testament to all involved. Dowlas has created a number of jobs for local contractors therefore utilising the North Somerset workforce as far as possible. Contractors include, CJL Construction, Barton Wilmore and Midas.

Midas’ Chief Executive, Alan Hope, commented “we are delighted to have been involved in this development and we are extremely pleased of the success of the scheme. We’ve worked in true partnership with our client, Dowlas and delivered an exceptional building that we’re very proud of.”

“Building these new headquarters to excellent sustainability standards for a end-user whose purpose is accommodating and supporting those in housing need in the South West, fits perfectly with the ethos of our business. This project will help build momentum into the Weston Gateway Business Park and ultimately deliver benefits for the entire community.”

Dowlas Director, Gemma Hughes. Says “to have been short-listed for a South West Award for commercial new build of the year is a brilliant opportunity to showcase the North Somerset Region. Unfortunately we were not the winners on the night, however, it was an excellent opportunity to network and promote Weston Gateway Business Park to a wider audience.”

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