SSDA 2019: Ingenuity House

1 November 2019

Image: Jack Hobhouse

Topping out at five storeys, Ingenuity House is the new regional headquarters for Interserve. 

Commendation: Ingenuity House, Birmingham
Architect: Sheppard Robson
Structural engineer: Arup
Steelwork contractor: Billington Structures
Main contractor: Interserve Construction
Client: Interserve Construction

Located next to Birmingham International Airport, the 12,000 sq m, energy-efficient building will bring together approximately 1,200 staff, who are now spread across five offices.

The architectural form presented challenges, each requiring creative solutions. These include the stepped floorplates, the column-free entrance and the 38m-span atrium roof.

A series of raking columns with external cantilevers and internal transfer beams, supporting stepped vertical columns, were found to provide the optimal balance of structural efficiency and spatial planning. While being primarily a bespoke building for Interserve, the flexible design does allow for future subdivision.

A total of 1,710 tonnes of structural steel were supplied and erected by steelwork contractor Billington Structures, including a 30 tonne roof level truss, supporting the roof and fourth floor above the feature recessed entrance area.

Produced by the BCSA and Steel for Life in association with Construction Manager

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