Project Beagle (aka ‘Ingenuity House’) is Interserve’s new Headquarters and has become one of the most iconic buildings in the West Midlands. The design and construction of this five storey (27m high) building was a challenge for everyone involved and attention to detail with the external envelope was obviously paramount. Environmental impact was also a key consideration.
A specially anodised vertical convex and concaved rainscreen cladding system was specified to maximise the building’s visual attraction. MAC’s Pre-construction Estimating and Design Team provided significant input to Interserve during the 12 months prior to construction, which enabled the rainscreen system to be fixed to a special metal composite panel substructure, providing a structural base, thermal insulation value and an airtight finish.
MAC Roofing also played an essential role in ensuring that the overall build programme ran smoothly. For example, the building needed to be made watertight at roof and wall surfaces so that internal fit out trades could progress their works on schedule.
In addition, MAC installed all of the soffits, reveals and flashings which were manufactured by MAC’s in-house architectural aluminium fabrication company. MAC’s Operatives also waterproofed the roof utilising a hot melt inverted insulated roof system where heavy roof mounted plant was located. Elsewhere, vertical metal cladding was fitted to plant rooms and parapet upstands and a robust bitumen felt warm roof system was installed on the sloping roofs. This incorporated a huge domed rooflight along with other smaller rooflights, creating a spectacular effect inside the building.
The end result is a contemporary, visually striking building that also successfully achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.