The Range, Dri Design QuadCore Karrier, MicroRib

The Range Headquarters, Plymouth.

The Range has opened a brand-new headquarters and superstore in a burgeoning business development area of Plymouth with a striking aesthetic.

The Project

The Range has relocated its headquarters to a newly constructed facility in Seaton Hill, a commercially promising region of Plymouth. The multi-channel retailer specialises in home and garden products and employs around 11,200 staff across 164 stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

With the business growing at a rapid rate, the firm chose to expand its head office to a purpose-built facility which also incorporates a store, café and an external garden centre. The ambitious project utilises Kingspan products to create a distinctive building elevation with bold colours and patterns redolent of the business’ iconic brand.


 

Sector:
Office & Retail
Location:
Plymouth
Year:
2019
Building owner:
CDS Superstores Ltd
Contractor:
Progressive Systems ltd
Rainscreen Substructure:
QuadCore®Karrier Panel
Rainscreen Facade:
Dri-Design Flat Cassettes
Wall:
QuadCore® Architectural Wall Panel, Micro-Rib
Roof:
QuadCore® RW Trapezoidal Roof

At Home for The Range (Design Stage)

The Range Dri Design Karrier QuadCore Micro Rib
In selecting a new site, the owners felt it was important to remain in Plymouth where the company was originally founded. They earmarked a plot at the nearby Seaton Hill as an ideal site due to its growing commercial potential. The site forms part of a wider masterplan for a new commercial hub. To make the most of its prominent location at the entrance to this new development, the building was designed to showcase the brand’s iconic identity.

The facade of the offices and warehouse are clad primarily in a palette of blacks and greys achieved with the specification of Kingspan Dri-Design Flat Cassettes for the office element and QuadCore ® Architectural Wall Panel, Micro-Rib for the large retail section. The ribbed profile adds visual interest to the retail facade up close whilst still retaining the appearance of uniformity from a distance.

This neutral palette provides the perfect backdrop for more colourful facade elements of royal blue and bright orange which ‘pop out’ from the envelope, both literally and visually. These elements include a ribbon style wrapping which recreates a heat-beat reading and symbolises the HQ’s position as the “heartbeat of Derriford”. This dramatic treatment also helps to break-up the massing of the site.
 
 

In Bloom (Build Stage)

The Range Dri Design Karrier QuadCore Micro Rib
With such an ambitious, multi-purpose build, it was important for the contractors to be able to fit a weathertight envelope quickly and with ease. The envelope’s panelised construction and fast-track cladding system help to achieve this, ensuring that follow on fit-out work was not delayed.

In addition to the efficient construction process facilitated by single-component QuadCore® roof and wall panels, the Dri-Design cassettes and QuadCore® Karrier system also helped to keep the pace of the build programme. The lightweight Karrier panels were easy to manually and mechanically lift into position and fix to the building frame and, with factory-applied weather seals, the simple solution allows internal works to start whilst the facade was being completed. Dri-Design’s simple one-piece engineering and interlocking fixing method enabled the final finish to be installed quickly without the need for complex rail and bracket systems. A J-rail was fixed onto the panels, and the layers of Dri-Design cassettes were hooked on.

Selecting all these materials from a single supplier also help to simply logistics, minimise onsite waste and ensure complete compatibility between the elevations.
 

Harvesting Potential (Performance)

The Range Dri Design Karrier QuadCore Micro Rib
The complete Kingspan envelope system not only offers long lasting distinctive aesthetic quality, but the QuadCore® insulation core used in the Karrier, roof and wall panels helped to achieve excellent thermal efficiency across the site, reducing the overall heating demand and energy costs for the office and retail space.  
 
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