Case Study

WARD Recycling Ltd – Donald Ward House

The Albion Centre, Ilkeston, UK


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WARD Recycling Ltd – Donald Ward House

Ceasing operation as a leisure facility in 2008, the Council had been looking for a buyer for the Albion Leisure Centre in Ilkeston as part of a bid to regenerate the town centre for some time. Due to continued growth local recycling and waste management specialists, Ward Recycling Ltd, acquired the building to further expand its Office capacity as well as making best use of the Brownfield site.

Having successfully completed recent fit outs at other Ward sites DSP were appointed to deliver the ambitious conversion from Leisure Centre to Offices. The priority for the client was to create sustainable modern offices that would inspire staff, be flexible for expansion, supporting staff and their wellbeing. This was all to be delivered within a constrained budget and tight lead times due to other operational factors.

In order to deliver this ambitious refurbishment project our design team evaluated how existing features of the building could be retained and combined with contemporary systems, finishes and sustainable M&E services. Where possible brick was left exposed and some existing feature finishes remained to contrast with installation of new systems.

Converting the offering from a Leisure Centre to contemporary Offices posed a number of challenges ranging from reconfiguring space layouts and structure to upgrading of services. New external windows were introduced to increase daylight and natural ventilation whilst providing additional views to outside.  

The interior design scheme was heavily influenced by the growing trend of Biophilia, connecting staff with the outdoors; having proven benefits of reduced absenteeism and staff wellbeing. Concrete effect floors, moss inspired carpets, rustic timber slat walls and a number of large stunning biophilic nature graphic walls were combined with the exposed brick to create a unique interior.

What we did

Services Undertaken

Office interior design and space planning / Canteen Toilets & Amenities / Dry lining / Feature graphics and bespoke manifestation / Bespoke Furniture & Joinery including Granite worktop Kitchens & Rustic slat wall / Acoustic partitions & acoustic battening / Decoration / Project management and fit out / HVAC Design & Installation including plumbing / Flooring, Tiling & Finishes / Suspended ceilings / Office Furniture specification & Installation

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"With this new investment, Ward aims to breathe new life into the former leisure centre and generate footfall into Ilkeston town centre, as well as creating a fresh new environment for our dedicated team now and in the future. Once again DSP have been instrumental in helping us achieve our vision, injecting their design ideas and delivering a first class fit out.”
James Balfour
Finance Director, WARD Recycling

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