Caunton Engineering worked for major contractor Bowmer & Kirkland on a development which the two companies originally designated Project Pluto. This is now a state-of-the-art Headquarters for Unilever situated in the Leatherhead Office Park, Surrey.
Unilever merged their three existing UK businesses – Foods, Home and Personal Care, and Ice Cream – and this created the nation’s biggest consumer business. This Leatherhead development became the home of the £2.5billion business for Unilever’s leading brands, which include Persil, Flora, Magnum, PG Tips, Lynx, Wall’s, Domestos and Hellmans.
The Project Pluto was a challenging multi-storey contract for Caunton who supplied over 1,200 tonnes of steelwork for the new Headquarters due for speedy completion of the erection by July 2007. Caunton were also contracted to supply the metal floor decking. Architect De-Nova has embellished the structure by introducing exposed circular columns, and has introduced two appealing podium areas. Another feature is that the client demanded an under-croft car park located below the main framework.
This ambitious new development took approximately two years to construct and fit out and is now shortlisted for the 2009 Structural Steel Design Awards.