The multi award winning iHub Derby is the centre-piece of the £12 million Infinity Park, a manufacturing-focused innovation and technology park in Derby. DBCP building control surveyor Richard Palin advised both the architect and builder throughout the 50-week build.
The building, which was designed by Franklin Ellis Architects and developed by GF Tomlinson, was opened in 2016 .
A good working relationship with GF Tomlinson and Franklin Ellis Architects ensured that the build on the 45,000ft2 site went smoothly.
Richard was involved in both the plan checking process and construction phase of iHub, ensuring the compliance of the drawings and also the final build.
The space boasts 18 high specification offices and 14 workshop units as well as a multi-purpose ‘heart space’ within a glass atrium.
The stunning glass atrium is a key design feature of the building. Richard identified the open plan design posed a risk to the escape route of workers in the surrounding offices in the even of a fire. To mitigate the risk and enable construction of the atrium, Richard specified the installation of automatic fire curtains.
Built to a BREEAM Excellent rating, the building incorporates a number of sustainable features, including 350m2 of photovoltaic panels, natural ventilation and air source heat pumps.
The building’s cutting-edge design, accommodation and facilities has won a number of awards, including Best Commercial Project at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards 2017, East Midlands and Best Restoration Project at the 2018 George Larkin Brighter City of Derby Awards which recognises restoration and building projects that have improved the environment of the city.