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CoRE

Purcell led the final two phases of the high profile regeneration of this Grade II listed former pottery works. Our brief was to transform the disused buildings into CoRE, a national centre of excellence for low energy building retrofit, conference venue, exhibition zone for innovative products in the retrofit market and a construction training college.

The derelict buildings had to be upgraded to the highest standards, showcasing different technologies and construction methods and optimising onsite energy performance. Our approach to environmental control was crucial as the four kilns were damp and salt laden, following years of industrial use. The America Hotel pub had to be completely rebuilt.

We succesfully introduced multiple sustainable technologies into the listed buildings. Repairs were like for like and new interventions designed to be reversible wherever possible, minimising the impact on the building fabric which ranges from Victorian brickwork to 20th century concrete and steel. A new-build entrance hub connects the Enson Works and America Hotel, now part of the conference centre. The air tightness is higher than values required for new build. The completed facilities have an A-Rated EPC certificate and a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.

Awards

  • RIBA West Midlands Award
  • RIBA West Midlands Sustainability Award
  • LABC Awards
  • Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion

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