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A collaborative effort has seen Swindon’s historic Carriage Works (Grade II listed) rejuvenated using bright, light colours. In addition, we installed our state-of-the-art black framed partition systems. When working on this building, we had to consider the constraints and regulations of historic buildings. Above all, building partitions with high acoustic ratings were a priority. To sum up, Sienna Contractors, Metropolitan Workshop and ourselves created a space optimised for business use, as well as a social hub with cafés and facilities.
Built as a beautiful late Georgian building spanning a length of over 500 ft, originally built in accordance with British Parliament and Great Western Railway in 1841. The building spent its early years as a buying and restoration hub for locomotive products, managed by “one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history” Isambard Kingdom Brunel; a figure most recently immortalised on a commemorative £2 coin. The building went through many hands before falling into disrepair and subsequently closed in 1986.
Consequently, the base of the building was renovated between 2000-2006. More recently, Network Rail and Sienna Contracting involved us. Collaboratively we redeveloped two units within the eastern building. We worked on over 9,800sq ft, of the collection of buildings. However, working on such a modest space allowed designers, Metropolitan Workshop the vision of incorporating cafés, meeting rooms, individual working hubs over two separate levels. Further to this, the space allowed us to successfully style black framed partition systems(Kinetic Aero sliding doors) alongside Optima 117 Plus single glazing partitions across the space. In addition, this sections off multiple individual workspaces. Moreover, Metropolitan Workshop Architects chose Optima 117 Plus for its impressive acoustic rating of up to Rw38dB when 12.8mm thick, further allowing privacy consistently throughout the meeting rooms, board rooms, and individual working hubs.
To sum up, the 19th century landmark had been converted from a drab, dark shell of a building, into a vibrant modern space for individual and communal working. Further to this, the office is complete with open, light, social areas where food and drink can be bought. The architecture and partitions flow seamlessly from pastel and timber walls to contemporary black framed partition systems. The opposing styles from the beautiful Georgian exterior brickwork to the strikingly stylised interiors work in harmony to encapsulate the Metropolitan Works, Network Rail’s and our own vision.