DKA were commissioned in early 2019 to design a new headquarter facility for a Bristol-based family-run specialist logistics company on the Vertex Park in Emersons Green, Bristol. The Client’s site was part of a new employment area being developed as part of the Lyde Green East Masterplan. The lack of space for expansion at their existing facility had restrained their business growth. They were also committed to staff welfare and satisfaction, and therefore aspired to improve the working environment for its personnel.
Light Industrial Unit
New headquarters allows for business growth of family-run specialist logistics company
The prospect of purchasing and developing a site was a bit daunting for the Client, however DKA worked with them to develop a brief, a vision and design (up to RIBA Stage 3) for their new headquarter. We submitted a planning application in early January 2020, but due to Covid-related delays this was only granted in August 2020. The Client appointed a local contractor on a D&B basis in autumn 2020, with the works completed in August 2021.
The proposed building provides for a head office facility and internal storage for HGV trailers. The design is a two-storey building with double-height HGV storage bays and HGV washdown bays to the one side and a two-storey reception, office facilities and staff amenities to the other. The remaining site is a combination of intensive landscaping, swales for drainage, and a 3580m² yard to accommodate 13no articulated lorries, 15no vans and 20no staff / visitor parking.
Fabien arrived in Bath in 1995 for his architecture studies and joined DKA in 2001. Since then he has gained experience in a variety of building types with an emphasis on educational and industrial projects, from scheme and detailed design to operations on site. In 2009 he became a Qualified BREEAM Assessor for Education Projects. Fabien also reviews our resourcing needs.
After receiving a Distinction on the Master of Architecture course at Plymouth University and qualifying as an architect in 2013, Sam has developed a broad range of experience in the education, precision engineering, commercial and charity sectors. He prioritises collaboration between clients, consultants and contractors and is passionate about environmental sustainability. Sam’s experience with traditional contracts has provided him with a significant amount of experience in the Lead Consultant role, encompassing programme and cost management, and coordination between consultants and client direct suppliers.