First look at the Sheppard Robson-designed Interserve hub, Birmingham

29th July 2015

Sheppard Robson - in partnership with its client, the FTSE 250 support services and construction firm, Interserve - has released images of its major new office building and fit-out, which will serve as Interserve’s UK hub.

The 12,000m² highly sustainable design will be located next to Birmingham International Airport and Birmingham International Railway Station and is a key element of ‘UK Central’, the region’s regeneration strategy, which will benefit from being connected to high speed railway network HS2.

The project has been designed to capture the ambition of Interserve’s SustainAbilities agenda and the company’s drive to create a collaborative, inspirational working environment. The exterior of Sheppard Robson’s design is characterised by the building’s stepped structure, creating a strong form that translates into a varied range of internal spaces that will be designed by Sheppard Robson’s interior design group, ID:SR. The palette of external materials includes concrete soffits with horizontal bands of anodised aluminium.

The façade, coupled with the triangular plan of the building, helps create a robust sustainability strategy which allows the design team to target BREEAM Excellent for the building. The overhang of the stepped structure shades the glass, which forms about 35% of the façade, and helps control solar gain whilst maximising natural light, informing the passive sustainability strategy behind the project.

ID:SR is working with Interserve on creating a range of workspaces as well as café and restaurant spaces on ground level. The interiors are being designed in consultation with Interserve’s business requirements with the ID:SR team helping manage the process of moving into the new building, which brings together 1,200 staff that are currently located across five offices in the region.

The building creates large 3,000m² floorplates, which are arranged around a central internal atrium. The stepped form of the building creates visible connections between floors, with collaborative spaces arranged around the atrium – a strategy created by ID:SR to enhance collaboration and interaction between different floors and teams.

Tim Haywood, Interserve’s Group Finance Director, said:

“Interserve has been a feature of the economic landscape of the region for many years and we are committed to investing in its future. This new hub is not only a signal of this commitment but a major step forward towards realising our ambition to create a sustainable and inspirational environment for our people. The new building is an opportunity to bring all our business divisions together in one place and we look forward to the project progressing on site in 2015.”

David Ardill, Partner at Sheppard Robson, said:

“We wanted to create a distinctive, highly efficient building that encapsulated the ambitions of Interserve but also acted as a marker for the future regeneration of the area. The building has been designed to perform incredibly efficiently, continuing a theme of our work – recently seen in projects like the Siemens Middle East HQ in Abu Dhabi – that rigorously explores how a building’s envelope can be tuned to create effective passive solutions that transform the way a building performs.”

The project received planning permission from Solihull Council earlier this year.