B&Q Headquarters fit-out completed

Posted on by John Cronin

Head office staff at DIY giant B&Q have moved into new headquarters following the completion of the fit-out project.

b&q headquartersContractor Sir Robert McAlpine has announced the completion of a multi-million pound office fit-out at the new B&Q headquarter office complex in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

McAlpine was awarded the fit-out contract having also completed the main phased redevelopment of the B&Q corporate hub earlier this year.

The large scale development at Chandlers Ford, comprising over 300,000 sq ft, consists of headquarters accommodation, retail store support offices and a merchandising centre known as the “smart lab” where prototype store layouts are trialled. In order to support lorry deliveries to the smart lab a staff car park has been built above the office and lab space.

The three-storey building is built around an outward facing atrium (pictured) and has been constructed using a range of energy-efficient measures such as natural lighting and ventilation and recycled water usage. The building has achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. The offices have been designed to accommodate up to 1,500 staff and existing staff have now relocated from three separate buidings.

The existing office buildings were demolished and approximately 90% of the materials were recycled. The local authority reused items such as door frames and light fittings and floor panels and carpet tiles were relaid in the new building.

The headquarters are to be officially opened this month by B&Q ambassador and television presenter George Clarke and yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur who has a long-standing sponsorship deal with the company.

Architects for the scheme are BDP.

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