Caunton worked on major contractor Bowmer & Kirkland’s largest ever scheme, the Eurocentral Business Park in Glasgow. The scale of the scheme was huge, with B&K’s ten individual office buildings providing 85, 000 sq.m (approx one million sq.ft) of accommodation in a landscaped setting.
Work started with the demolition of the former Chunghwa Picture Tubes factory on the site in Lanarkshire which made way for the overall £330 million office and warehousing/manufacturing unit development. The 663,000 sq. ft Chunghwa facility was officially opened by The Queen in October, 1997.
It closed in 2002 and was bought a year later by Tritax Assets Ltd, as part of the company’s ongoing development plans for Eurocentral. It has be replaced with 10 new office buildings, four new warehousing/manufacturing units with a range of ancillary developments including restaurant, crèche and gym facilities.
The steel frame designed by Caunton was fashioned and fabricated to achieve a minimum thickness of floor depth plus a consistent 600m floor u/s-to-ceiling dimension. This ensured the appropriate service zone demanded by the client and his M. and E. Contractor. This then of course leads to a minimising of the overall height of the building with all the attendant economies, not least in the cost of cladding.