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Cyber Quarter: Midlands Centre for Cyber Security

State-of-the-art cyber security centre at Skylon Park.
Exterior of the Midlands Centre for Cyber Security including carpark

Location

Hereford, United Kingdom

Client

University of Wolverhampton

Hereford Council

Architect

Associated Architects

The facility provides research and development facilities for start-up businesses to address and develop their cyber security needs, products and services. Developed as a part of the University’s Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute, the centre is home to 15% of the UK’s top 600 cyber companies.

During the concept stage, Cundall performed a carbon accounting ‘optioneering’ exercise using Revit to assess the embodied carbon impacts of different structural frame options and presented these to the client. A cross laminated timber (CLT) frame was chosen as it had the lowest total embodied carbon and was sympathetic to the rural location.

Vaughan Bridges, Gleeds commented "This has been my first experience of working with Cundall and it has been an excellent one. They have been pro-active in developing this scheme with the client and been very responsive to all challenges."

Key fact

80% of all goods and services were procured within a 40-mile radius of the project.

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Key fact

The team overcame challenges posed by the covid-19 pandemic and some of the worst flooding ever experienced in Hereford.

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Key fact

The project team delivered over 1,000 volunteer hours.

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Alex Carter in shirt with office interior background with glass feature

Alex Carter

Partner, Structural Engineering

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A glulam lattice frame achieved the tight vibration constraints identified within the design brief and delivered a long span roof structure above a triple height atrium.

Awards

Winner

Building Project of the Year

Constructing Excellence Awards West Midlands 2021

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