Delighted to announce that The Salvation Army's new Headquarters picked up the Highly Commended Award at this years Concrete Society Awards. We were the Concrete Frame Subcontractor for this project. Well done to all involved
This is a five-floor building embedded into a sloping site with a large central atrium. Constructed with exposed concrete ribbed soffits and plain finish to core & walls, the design accommodates space requirements from the informal open office to break-out areas and hierarchic rooms (based on army culture). Some Precast elements complement the in-situ concrete.
The client brief was for a plain finish concrete rather than it being value engineered. It would make a good reference for benchmarking.
The ribbed slabs have been designed with band beams around column heads. Ribs reduce material usage compared with a flat slab and allowed the foundations to be reduced in size due to lower self-weight. The ribbed slab also improves head height, as services are incorporated in the ribs. A raised floor above the slab accommodates service distribution.
A simple clean and practical finish was the sole requirement of the concrete elements.
Davies Maguire Team picking up the Highly Commended Award