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The Forum, West Midlands

The Forum is a departmental office building used by West Midlands Police Authority. This project involved extensive refurbishment of an existing building located in the Birmingham area. Having stood as an empty shell for over 14 years, the building required some external and internal renovation. Full interior design services were included within the project, including the development of bespoke furniture designed specifically to meet the client’s individual requirements. The refreshed The Forum is a building with 15000sqm of high-quality, open-plan executive office space designed to house 500 people at maximum capacity. 

£9m of the £11m total construction value was allocated to the provision of IT: a powerful testament to the importance and level of security within this building. One obstacle that was overcome was the varying levels of security allocated to different zones within the same building, adding complexity to the design. Security measures included improved external security and full CCTV, and we liaised closely with the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB).

As a practice, we have the ability to deal with secure information and throughout this project we were required to handle confidential material. All members of staff involved in this project obtained security clearance by West Midlands Police Authority before commencing work on the project. 

Key to the success of The Forum functioning as a building was the undertaking of stakeholder consultation. It was important to identify and set up a number of workshops with representatives from all disciplines. Through this process the design team could establish the aims, aspirations and needs of key stakeholders as well as helping them to identify how each group would interact and coordinate with one another within the same office.

This project was delivered on-time and on-budget within tight time constraints. Having been appointed by the client in March 2008, The Forum was completed and handed over in November of the same year.


DETAILS

CLIENT:

West Midlands Police Authority

LOCATION:

Birmingham

STUDIO:

Birmingham

TYPE:

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Refurbishment
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VALUE:

£11m

SERVICES:

STATUS:

Complete

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