The Home Office
The present Home Office building was opened in 2005, and is an excellent example of the kind of high profile, hugely prestigious project for which Hatmet is considered the perfect fit. The landmark building actually consists of three separate buildings, Seacole, Peel and Fry, which are open plan in nature and designed to be highly energy efficient.
Designed by architect Terry Farrell and constructed by French company Bouygues, the seven storey office, which is now home to thousands of public sector workers, was built from scratch on the former site of the demolished Marsham Towers. The fact that the building completed in just 24 months and at a cost of £311m is hugely impressive, and Hatmet was asked to play a vital role in this delivery.
We designed and installed 35,000m2 of suspended ceilings throughout the building. Due to the open plan design of the building and the number of people working within it, these ceilings had to offer an extremely high acoustic value. The multi-purpose nature of the building also meant that each individual ceiling had to be highly serviced, future proofing the different parts of the building against any changes in use in the future. Our pre-construction planning and experience in delivering large scale projects allowed us to work in unison with the other parties involved, and to play a part in its successful and efficient delivery.
Since opening, the building has been widely praised, and has won several architecture awards.