UMC Architects were appointed by Goodman as masterplanners for the 45acre mixed use Bedford Commercial Park as well as the delivery of the detailed design for the new Bedford 405 unit which represents the first phase of construction at the site.
Bedford Commercial Park is located adjacent to the A421 and benefits from excellent connectivity, just seven miles east of J13 of the M1 and 12 miles west of the A1 Black Cat roundabout.
UMC Architects supported Main Contractor Readie Construction through the detailed design and construction phase of the project which is due for completion in the summer of 2019. The new cross dock unit offers a flexible speculative design to accommodate a range of potential end user requirements including a total footprint of 405,312sqft comprising 18,500sqft 2-storey main offices in addition to 2no. 5,000sqft operational pod offices located in the service yards. The building also offers a clear internal height of 15m, 360degree vehicular circulation, service yards offering a depth of 55/35m together with 60no. dock loading doors and 8no. level access doors.
The scheme was designed in accordance with Goodman’s framework of sustainability initiatives including a minimum EPC rating of ‘A’ and a BREEAM rating of very good.
UMC Architects Associate Jamie Mackfall said, ‘this exciting development kick starts what will become an excellent commercial park with a major focus on staff wellbeing and green spaces. The site lies within the Forest of Marston Vale Trust, therefore a key objective of the scheme was to achieve a minimum of 30% tree canopy coverage throughout the development’.
‘UMC Architects worked closely with Goodman to design an enhanced aesthetic to the internal finishes which was showcased on Bedford 405. Goodman will carry this through into future developments’.