As part of the Cornwall Council Framework, SDS were appointed to carry out the feasibility report and full M&E design for the offices of the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry, which connects Devon to Cornwall.
The site context includes the Grade I listed Royal Albert Bridge, the 1960’s Tamar Bridge and Estuary. The new landscape design addresses the view across the estuary creating a setting to relax, enjoy & learn about the local environment.
Central to the 705m2 offices is a new state of the art 24/7 control room for traffic management to and from the Tamar bridge, the Saltash Tunnel and the A38 approach roads
The building also incorporates a new customer service office, reception, front desk, engineering offices and conference room.
Thermal, energy and daylight models were undertaken to establish the optimal energy balance for the building and for building form, fabric and orientation. Construction insulation values, glazing design and orientation considered minimising solar gain whilst maximising daylight benefits for wellbeing and to minimise use of artificial lighting.
The building controls optimised the operation of the energy systems in the building. Heat recovery systems were used throughout, along and demand driven ventilation and pumping systems to reduce operational energy and maximise part load performance.
The existing office building has been remodelled to provide improved support staff welfare facilities and a new visitor learning centre open to the general public.
Sustainability was considered from the outset. The scheme included an extensive photovoltaic array to offset carbon emissions and used heat pump technology to minimise energy usage.
The integrated design team provided low carbon and building environmental expertise in order to deliver a sustainable building in the design and on-going operation of the building.