BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

Unlocking Potential. Locking in Value.

Construction is Whitescape’s core business. We work in sectors that require a high level of technical excellence and sustainability, from reconfiguration and refurbishment to large-scale extensions and standalone new build. We focus on projects where our intelligent approach will deliver the best possible value for our customer’s investment, pushing the boundaries where we can see that using advanced methods or innovative materials will pay dividends.

Reconfiguration: optimising gains

Reconfiguring existing space can transform buildings at a much lower cost than extensions or standalone new build blocks. Great attention to technical detail is needed to optimise the space and efficiency gains.

Whitescape altered and fitted out a new centralised community Police Office at Parklands in Hampshire, to include the construction and decoration of briefing, conference, resources and quiet/collaborative working rooms and cellular offices. The project involved a significant element of services engineering including a new kitchen and showers. We adapted power circuits and lighting, and installed data and security facilities including access controls, CCTV and high-security storage. As main contractor on this project, we worked in a live environment, with multiple public sector stakeholders, to provide efficient, integrated facilities for community policing.

Extensions: integrating new and old

Extending older buildings is a cost-effective way to gain gross internal area and can transform the way the building works, but can also present challenges in design, structural and services integration.

Whitescape added a new build extension to the Victorian Thameside Primary School in Reading, creating a new staff room with kitchen, Deputy Head’s office, two classrooms, breakout space and a disabled toilet. The building, although a steel structure on piled foundations with a steel meshed concrete base, had to match the original in appearance, requiring us to source special bricks, roof tiles, copingstones and sills. We also refurbished classrooms adjoining the new build, reconfigured a structural stairway and undertook complex services integration. The £1.1m, 39-week programme, all done in a live environment, has transformed the school.

New build: achieving more with less

Building with intelligence means creating the best possible buildings for their purpose, and getting the most out of the available budget in doing so. The challenge is to construct in a way that is inherently sustainable.

Whitescape is working with Reading Borough Council at Whitley Rise, a £2m supported living scheme for vulnerable adults, who may be elderly, have a learning, physical or sensory disability, or otherwise need assistance to live independent lives. The four-storey building comprises nine one-bedroom units, staff accommodation, training rooms, offices, lift and roof terrace. The construction is steel-framed, with fair-faced brickwork on strip foundations and metal deck slabs. We are self-delivering significant elements including the civils and construction fit out. This saves the customer money by eliminating profit-on-profit when sub-contracting. It gives certainty on budget and confidence that the final result will meet the exacting standards required.