The new Warwickshire justice centre was officially opened by HRH The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in Leamington Spa on 4th March 2011, and Couch Perry & Wilkes, the leading environmental building services consultancy attended the exclusive event after playing an influential role in the building’s development.
When Warwickshire Police Authority was planning its £30 million criminal justice centre, there were plans to demolish the original 1960s building and replace it entirely with a new one. But the scheme changed when Couch Perry & Wilkes demonstrated how refurbishment of the existing structure would not only save the project money, but could also be eco-friendly.and sustainable.
Simon Seaton-Smith, Couch Perry & Wilkes’ Business Development Director led the mechanical and electrical services project for the multi-agency centre in Leamington Spa and showed the Authority and Project Manager Geoff Russell how to make substantial savings by employing green alternatives.
“We assisted Warwickshire Police Authority in providing them with a building that met all the latest standards on operating efficiency and environmental quality for a lot less cost and hassle than demolishing the entirety of their existing buildings.”
The refurbished elements were enhanced to meet modern day standards, looking similar to the new building in appearance but also performing to the same low energy standards. Mechanical full fresh air and natural ventilation combine to provide outstanding air quality and temperature stability. The new and enhanced building facades significantly reduce winter heat loss and summer solar gain. Continuing with the green agenda, CPW specified an extremely efficient lighting and heating system, and integrated the building services with architecture and interiors to further enhance “passive” environmental control whilst remaining flexible and adaptable, future proofing the ever changing business needs for each key department.
Thanks to Couch Perry & Wilkes’ expertise, the Justice Centre, which comprises Magistrates’, Crown and County Courts; local Criminal Justice Board; Youth Offending Service; Probation Service; Victim Witness and Support Services; and links to the existing Warwickshire Police Station, was awarded a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating
Project Manager Geoff Russell, of RusCon Project Management Ltd, said the new state-of-the-art building is testament to the expertise and vision of Couch Perry & Wilkes.
“The company showed us that it was far more cost efficient to refurbish our existing building than completely knock it down and rebuild it,” he said. “Our new energy efficient centre will also enable us to reduce our energy bills and significantly cut our carbon emissions. Having all the criminal and justice organisations together under one secure and safe roof also makes considerable cost and energy savings.”
As a leader in sustainability and low energy technology, Couch Perry & Wilkes works on many high-profile building projects. Throughout Birmingham and the UK, the company has consulted on The Mailbox, and Aston University Student Village, University of Birmingham plus several academy schools and further education colleges. More recently, the company has secured the lead environmental building services role at University College Birmingham.