Stephen George + Partners LLP, an AJ Top 100 architectural practice, has completed a £7.7million, 5894.9m2 new build warehouse, factory and office building on a vacant 4.5-acre plot at the Watermead Business Park, Syston, near Leicester.
The purpose-built facility, for Albert Browne, a wholly owned subsidiary of US-based STERIS Corporation, will showcase the company’s product quality and high level of quality assurance in its production methods, as well as merging staff and processes from two sites whilst allowing space for any potential future expansion.
Says Ian Yallop, Chairman of SGP:
“Working alongside Albert Browne and the STERIS Corporation, SGP has designed a flexible, high-quality production facility whose refined design delivers a contemporary building that meets the clients’ current and future needs.”
The facility responds to the existing buildings by using a contemporary form with large areas of glazing and a simple neutral colour palette. Three interlocking forms with an asymmetric curved roof contain the main production and storage building whilst a lower block contains the office and R&D functions. A change in colour on each block helps to break down the overall mass, forming an animated ‘gateway’ into the city and responding to glimpsed views from the A607. The entrances are emphasised by a two storey blue framed glazed structure containing reception and meeting rooms with a double height void over the reception area.
Albert Browne Ltd is the world leader in decontamination and sterilization monitoring systems, all of which are designed and manufactured and distributed from Leicester.
Client: Albert Browne Ltd
Development Manager: Stoford Developments
Architect: Stephen George + Partners
Contractor: A & H Construction
Engineer: BWB Consulting
Landscape and Urban Design: Munro + Whitten