A clear vision for this project was developed through discussion between Neath Port Talbot Council, Deryn Properties (Investments) LLP, Tata Steel UK Ltd, TWI Ltd and the Welsh Government. As the new Harbour Way link road was to pass through the original Tata and TWI site, the development of this site was imperative. It would create new premises for Tata and TWI and enable the regeneration of the entire area.
The new research and development complex houses laboratories, testing facilities and offices for both Tata Steel UK Ltd and TWI Ltd within a 41,400ft2 campus facility. The brief required that these facilities provided an excellent working environment with flexible and adaptable buildings. They also needed to be cost-effective and maintainable buildings that achieved the Breeam “Excellent” standards.
The site layout optimises orientation in order to maximise natural daylight internally whilst vertical feature fins on the façade control solar and heat gains. The plan for each building is compact and extremely efficient with a highly-insulated envelope that achieves excellent air-tightness levels. The steel frame structures are clad economically, simply and robustly to create a clean and crisp modern aesthetic that utilises flat metal panels and curtain walling throughout.
At 80.49% on completion, it was the highest rated BREEAM office in the UK under the new 2011 scoring system.