Garden office buildings are not only for domestic use, many designers will also undertake commissions for commercial buildings. The modular nature and high specification of garden office style buildings lend themselves to a whole host of commercial uses. For instance, many schools are ordering garden office style buildings as additional classrooms. House builders and car dealers are ordering buildings showrooms for their work, and big institutions like the National Trust are using them as visitor centres or tea rooms.
When designing for commercial use, the structure needs to comply with the Building Regulations for commercial buildings. When researching firms to design and build a modular commercial building you need to ensure that they are au fait with the additional regulations. One supplier who is is SIPS Garden Rooms.
SIPS Garden Rooms last year designed and built a modular commercial workshop to be used as a Manshed for the Princess Alice Hospice. The Hospice were aware that men can be overlooked in a hospice environment and wanted to create a dedicated space for them to relax, create and mix with others.
SIPS Garden Rooms worked with their Structural Engineer to work out all the load points and specification so as to fully comply with the commercial regulations.
Extensive groundworks were needed before the main build could begin. Eight 18-tonne lorries of spoil were removed from the site, and 7.5-meter piles were driven into the ground – this project actually holds the record of having the deepest piles used in the UK!
Once the groundworks were complete, a highly insulated, eco-friendly modular building was built. The core structuer is constructed from SIPS (structural insulated panel’s). The exterior of the building is finished in low maintenance Western Red Cedar cladding. The pitched roof has been tiled with a tile made from recycled plastic.
Internally the coffee and meeting room has a fully plastered and decorated interior. The main workshop area has a more industrial feel having been lined with plywood which has had a fire retardant applied.
The temperature in the building can be easily controlled throughout the year thanks to two air source heat pumps. The building has been fitted with plentiful supply power sockets and LED flat panel lights have been installed which allow users to switch between warm and cool white light.
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