With occupant health, wellbeing and comfort evermore critical on commercial developments, Whitecode was able to assure all three when it came to providing the MEP designs for developer Weston Homes’ luxurious new HQ, Weston Innovation Centre.

Located in Takeley, Essex and neighbouring London’s Stanstead Airport, Weston Innovation Centre is a state-of-the-art £40 million headquarters complex, providing a brand new £20 million, 49,000 sq. ft. addition to the existing £20 million business park known as the Stansted Business Hub. The new HQ provides Grade A office space and brims with lifestyle facilities. The new office has a hotel-style entrance, brasserie restaurant, bar/lounge, multi-storey atrium with designer staircase and gymnasium with stunning changing facilities. The HQ is an ode to the company’s ethos of luxury and quality and befits a business which is continually recognised as one of the UK’s leading housebuilders.

Weston Group financed the building of the new HQ from the HSBC Green Loan scheme (which supports sustainable projects) and the building has a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’. The basement parking facility has charging for electric cars, and Weston Homes is committed to meeting government targets to shift the group’s fleet to electric cars, with a first phase of this implementation consisting of the group board directors’ vehicles being switched over to electric within the next two months.

Whitecode was appointed to this project as a result of its longstanding relationship with the client Weston Homes, not to mention Whitecode’s previous work with the developer, which involved the company designing the MEP for the Stanstead Centre in 2000, Weston Homes’ previous HQ.

For the new development, Whitecode created full MEP design throughout the HQ which, when in occupation, will be the lifeblood of the HQ’s premises. The designs comprised a varied degree of electrical work including power lighting, primary and secondary supplies, and mechanical designs for the luxury site’s ventilation, water pipes and sprinkler pumps.

Special requirements were highlighted by Weston Homes, with a strict brief to follow regarding the building’s lighting. To ensure the designs translated correctly onto site, Whitecode collaborated with contractor, Butler West, to make sure all lighting calculations met the client’s high standard. Whitecode worked room by room with the contractor, paying attention to the office space as the client desired all lights to feature at a specific level. This would ensure Weston Homes’ staff members could work productively within this area. Whitecode’s sustainability team conducted BREEAM assessments to assure the environmental performance of the building, with the lights in particular having to fulfil daylight dimming and standard luxe levels.

Completed in the summer of 2020, Whitecode is delighted to have been involved with a landmark, luxury project for the prestigious Weston Homes, with its MEP designs no doubt playing a pivotal role in the productivity, health and wellbeing of its staff within these stunning spaces.