As part of a wider regeneration masterplan and with the owner of the adjacent multi-storey carpark as the development partner, Crawley Borough Council is replacing their original 1960’s low-density Town Hall with an entirely new 9-storey Civic Building, a new public square, a block of 182 residential units with ground floor commercial space for a restaurant/café and a district energy centre – all on the same site with only a minor loss of parking.
Consarc worked as client advisers to the council, formulating the accommodation brief, and over the course of six years our role was extended to workplace consultants and interior designers on the council’s own civic use element within the wider commercial development. Making use of efficiencies from open plan and flexible working, the shared foyer and a sub-divisible civic chamber, allowed us to consolidate council space at the lower levels with the benefit of rental income to the council of the commercial offices above , lower running costs and reduced carbon emissions.
The BREEAM-rated and highly flexible office building was designed by our sister company Cartwright Pickard, to our enhanced client brief, with separate entrances for the council and commercial offices above and the public civic spaces at the lower levels. The civic double-height foyer, with its sculptural stair and public facilities, can be used both by the ground floor customer services centre and the first-floor conferencing functions.View case study