The site proposed for redevelopment lies at the junction between Oldbury Road and Crystal Drive in Smethwick. The existing site has seen previous industrial use with the current building originally used as a data centre and more latterly a gym.
The redevelopment proposal is designed to cater for current and future trends in B8 logistics and has is 12 metres high to underside of steel haunch. This creates a large volume of space for internal racking and storage facilities, maximizing the use of the building and the site to its full potential. The warehouse provides 4665 sqm of floor area with the associated offices providing 795 sqm of floor area.
The warehouse volume is served by a large service yard containing four dock leveler loading points, and two drive in level access points. This provides flexibility of usage and caters for differing methods of goods handling.
The office accommodation serving the building is located with its main entrance on the corner of Crystal Drive and Oldbury Road. The ground floor area can be used for reception, meeting space or as a small showroom dependent on future tenant requirements. The primary office space is located at first floor level, running the full length of the west elevation, and is located above the dock levelers and entrance doors.
The building will be clad in a silver-grey horizontal profiled metal cladding with dark grey windows and door frames. A horizontal strip window serving the first-floor offices runs the full width of the elevation and incorporates vertical fins provide an element of shading from the western sun, helping reduce cooling load to the offices.
Cycle and refuse storage is provided close to the office entrance and provision is made on site to locate sprinkler tanks if required by the incoming tenant.