The Express Print Works

An established relationship with Northern & Shell led to WGI's appointment as full architectural designer, lead consultant and interior designer for this new £14 million facility in Luton. 
A challenging brief called for re-modelling of an existing high bay warehouse building to accommodate a new printing facility with robotic paper delivery. Equipment delivery and operational start dates imposed demanding time constraints, a situation familiar to WGI from extensive sector experience. An adjoining residential site also meant that noise had to be minimised. 
Collaborative teamwork between design team, client and contractor helped to achieve the challenging timetable. WGI worked closely with the planners and regeneration team to prepare a planning application and secure approval within 12 weeks, following which construction was completed within 11 months. To reduce both costs and timescales, the design maximised the use of the existing fabric and structure, including over-roofing to allow early dry construction and upgrading. A new high quality façade and external works created an impressive frontage and presence.

Date: 2011
Location: Luton, Hertfordshire
Client: Northern & Shell Group
Value: £14m
Service: Architecture, Interiors: Full Design