Wessex Galvanizers has played a key role in the construction of the new UK headquarters for one of the world’s leading independent conservation organisations, WWF-UK.
The plant partnered with Bailey Fabrications to galvanize the secondary steelworks, balustrading, external staircases and swale used in the construction of the organisation’s new eco-friendly Living Planet Centre in Woking, which was designed to maximise on-site sustainability.
Andy Gill, Director at Bailey Fabrications, explained: “Work at the site was mainly architectural, with all external balustrades and stairs finished by Wessex Galvanizers. We decided to use their hot dip galvanizing treatment on our steelwork due to its long-lasting protection against rust and corrosion, which will ultimately help to ensure the longevity of the new WWF-UK headquarters.”
The building’s 80m long curved timber grid shell spans 37.5m providing long term flexibility for WWF-UK, and at ground level, the existing trees have been retained and a new wetlands area created to provide a wildlife corridor. With hopes of a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating, the Living Planet Centre will house an open plan work place for 300 staff, a 150 seat conference venue, education facilities and a WWF Experience exhibit.
Richard Whiddett, Sales Manager at Wessex Galvanizers, said: “Wedge Group Galvanizing is proud to be leading the way amongst galvanizers nationwide in terms of its sustainable credentials. Here at the Wessex plant we are wholly committed to conducting our business in an environmentally responsible way, with concern for the environment, and sustainability, at the heart of every process we undertake. Bailey Fabrications did a fantastic job at the WWF-UK site and we were absolutely delighted to be able to assist them with their galvanising needs, and contribute towards such a unique and environmentally sound building.”.