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T.A.P showcase Larkhall cold store and office complex

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September 13 2016

T.A.P showcase Larkhall cold store and office complex
T.A.P architects have unveiled a major expansion of a DFDS Logistics base in Larkhall; incorporating a 2,500sq/m cold store, reception and office space.

Built to service heavy goods vehicles carrying cargoes of packaged food the expansion was necessitated by growing demand for increased capacity.

Limited space prompted the architects to build a svelte extension onto the front of the existing office building which doubles as a reception space with a triple height staircase running the full height of the lightwell to a new upper floor.

In a statement the architects said: “The new reception block takes on a simple cubic form; a vertical counterpoint to the long, horizontal chillstore buildings. Clad in profiled, metallic panels, with large areas of glazing providing ample daylight to the office spaces within and good, long views out to the north and east, it has a distinctive presence within the industrial park.

“Sitting within an environment dominated by large scale structures and the constant movement of heavy goods vehicles, a new entrance forecourt provides a space with a more human scale. Defined by concrete planters filled with native species, steps and ramps these bring variety and a sense of enclosure to the building approach.”
New stair and lift access is provided to an additional upper floor
New stair and lift access is provided to an additional upper floor
The complex build required the logistics hub to remain operational throughout
The complex build required the logistics hub to remain operational throughout

1 Comment

Egbert
#1 Posted by Egbert on 14 Sep 2016 at 08:40 AM
Looks smart. Good to see some thoughtful design and good-quality finishes in a typology (and location) where these are all too often absent.

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