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News: 4 February 2021

Greenhill Works approved for planning


Greenhill Works, our scheme with Studio Egret West for Watford Council has been approved for planning.

Sitting at the gateway to Watford Business Park the project will act as a catalyst for change in the local area, refurbishing existing building stock and creating an interconnected and cohesive public realm.

The proposals will deliver approximately 7,100m2 of commercial space, split across larger warehouse buildings and smaller, pavilion style structures. With sustainability a prime consideration, the structures will be built off site using a low-carbon glulam frame. The modular design system will allow the structures to be truly flexible and can be adapted to accommodate phasing requirements and additional office or retail units in the future.

The scheme has been designed with multiple phases, the first of these delivering much-needed infrastructure such as a U shaped road, pedestrian routes and new substation to the south. This first phase also included construction of two of the larger office buildings alongside the smaller pavilion structure.

The second phase will complete the remainder of the larger buildings with the third phase completing the two remaining pavilion buildings and associated public space along Greenhill Crescent.

The project is led by Watford Borough Council in conjunction with Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Christophe Egret, Founder of Studio Egret West, "Business parks should no longer be isolated industrial zones, and must instead be fully and seamlessly integrated into their urban fabric. At Greenhill Works, the green corridors, attractive buildings, and quality materials all point to a desirable destination that enhances its context for users as well as passing visitors."

Andy Heyne, Director of Heyne Tillett Steel, ‘‘Working closely with the design team we’ve developed an innovative and progressive typology for light industrial units. With sustainability and modern methods of construction at its heart, our modular braced frame solution creates a flexible structure which can easily be adapted to meet the evolving needs of industry, and is super-low in embodied carbon. Our SuDS strategies complimented the landscaping design and improved water quality. The progressive use of 'soil mixing' ground improvement techniques enhances the structural performance of the ground for foundation and road design, whilst locking in contamination and protecting the sensitive chalk aquifer. We’re delighted to be involved in a pioneering project that will act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Watford Business Park and supports the growth of emerging and establish industries in the region.’


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