WL Gore, Livingston

This project comprised the complete refurbishment and fit out of the office and administration areas of the WL Gore fabrics plant in Livingston. A new ‘Associates Hub’ multifunction area was also created to serve as the focal gathering point for the WL Gore staff. The original 1980s building façade was retained, with new high-performance glazing and roof lights installed to provide excellent solar thermal control and natural-daylight transmission properties. The majority of the existing structure was also retained with new high-performance insulation installed to ensure fabric u-values are in excess of the Building Regulations requirements.

The requirement to carry out the refurbishment works and maintain the 24/7 operation of the adjacent production and laboratory areas presented significant challenges to ensure all mechanical and electrical systems to these areas remained operational throughout and were unaffected by the refurbishment works. A number of key innovative features and design strategies were employed to ensure the refurbishment project met the carbon-reduction targets of the client and achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

This project won the Regional and National Award for Refurbished Workplace 2013, and also the National Best of the Best BCO Award 2013. KJ Tait Engineers provided full MEP design duties for the refurbishment and the occupier fit-out.