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TAP win £4.5m Larkhall distribution hub extension

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September 24 2015

TAP win £4.5m Larkhall distribution hub extension
Industrial specialists Taylor Architecture Practice (TAP) has been appointed to extend an existing fish distribution centre in Larkhall by 2,500sq/m to provide additional cold storage and loading docks as well as a new reception building.

The £4.5m project necessitates the addition of an additional floor on top of the existing factory whilst maintaining production at the DFDS logistics hub, following on from the practices work with Castle McLellan Foods.

Neil Taylor, managing director of TAP, said: “Often food production companies come to us with requirements that are, understandably, focused on the practicalities of maximising productivity. Our view is that if all of the functions; from the reception and offices, to the storage and plant areas, through to the factory floor, can be integrated within an overarching design concept, then this can achieve both the most efficient layout and also a coherent and visually powerful building.”

Work on the expansion is scheduled to begin shortly with phase one works completing this December.

4 Comments

D to the R
#1 Posted by D to the R on 24 Sep 2015 at 13:20 PM
Sigh .... This is the level isn't it? Whilst the rest of Europe drool over Dezeen and ARPlus .... This is what we have. I'm not sure oif it's a damning indictment of UR or our architectural climate or both - but this kind of project is depressing.
Egbert
#2 Posted by Egbert on 25 Sep 2015 at 11:04 AM
Oh come on #1, this really isn't that bad at all. I'd say this is a cut above much of what gets hurled up in the name of the distribution and logistics industry, as a trip along the M8 will surely attest. And as for the rest of Europe, drooling over Dezeen is one thing but they're just as bad as us when it comes to exurban box-sprawl - look at the obligatory 'Zone Industriel' full of Conforama and Monsieur Meuble mega-sheds on the outskirts of every French town, or the acres of dispiriting capanni units strung out along the Italian autostrada network.
Clive
#3 Posted by Clive on 27 Sep 2015 at 08:04 AM
"but this kind of project is depressing"

This kind of project demonstrates grass roots expansion of industry and business. The vast majority of architecture and Construction falls outside the glossy magazine spreads, but is equally important. Just because it's not in print, doesn't mean it's not there, or unimportant. Its good to see this alongside everything else. Digital media is ideal for this.
boaby wan
#4 Posted by boaby wan on 28 Sep 2015 at 13:42 PM
this project is depressing - no two ways around it.
well done to tap for getting a client to pay for their services but does it really merit a news item on an architecture website?
Maybe some more images UR? can't wait to see the "visually powerful building" part...

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