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Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) (now acquired by Nokia Networks) is the world’s only fully integrated provider of turnkey submarine network solutions . Since 1850s, ASN has been producing repeaters, branching units and power feeding equipment at the site in Greewich, London. It was at this site that the world’s first transatlantic cable was manufactured in 1858. Today, the site houses modern production and clean room facilities as well as office space for project management and marine operations teams.
Atom Consultants was chartered to redesign the existing facilities dating back to inter- and post-war period to include new clean rooms, office spaces, and a new café and an entrance area. To help finance the investment, the surplus land at the site was sold to create a contemporary, high-quality community of new homes including a mixture of apartments and houses, called Telegraph Works.

The proposed scheme includes a refurbished factory and office space that will not only provide a more efficient, modern and attractive working environment for employees, but will also improve the character and visual appearance of the area.
The main contractor assigned for the works is Bluehammer who won the contract on the basis of a scheme design initially developed by Arup. Bluehammer appointed Atom Consultants to undertake the final design of the structural alterations which included the addition of significant additional floor areas for office and manufacturing facilities. The refurbishment also included long span Glulam timber frames forming the new remodelled entrance elevation and the reception atrium. Connections to the existing structural elements needed to be developed so that they could transmit the loading into the retained concrete frame whilst maintaining and aesthetic appearance required by the Architect and the Client.
The geotechnical survey identified a layer of soft alluvium overlying firm gravel deposits and therefore, the foundations to the building combined the existing building foundations with the addition of new piles to support the loading from the new floors and plant room areas. Atom Consultants evaluated the final loading on the piles which were designed by foundation specialist Roger Bullivant.

” Atom Consultants provided much valued assistance to our Project Management team throughout this major redevelopment of an established operational site. “

Jake Hanson
Project Manager



Trinity Walk Shopping Centre- Wakefield

The 46,000 m2, £59 million Trinity Walk Shopping Centre in Wakefield West Yorkshire, described by Wakefield Council as “the most important City Centre development for more than 20 years”, boasts more than 40 stores and 1000 car parking spaces right in the heart of Wakefield, transforming the city into a sub-regional shopping destination.

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ASDA Eco Stores- Shaw and Bootle

ASDA (part of the Wal-Mart Stores Inc.) has long strived to become 100% energy efficient, hence they were the first in UK to build a sustainable timber -framed store, which is 20% more energy efficient than their traditional stores, as well as lowers the store’s carbon footprint by as much as 50 per cent. We developed the designs for the prototype, which were to become a blueprint for all ASDA’s future eco-stores.

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1 Spinningfields Square, Manchester, RBS regional headoffice

Creating a perfect canvas for the Royal Bank of Scotland brand, their 11.431 m2 customer-facing facility is a landmark building on the edge of the Spinningfields development in Manchester. Referred to as the Canary Wharf of Manchester, the unashamedly modern grade A office accommodation creates a real presence on to Deansgate and the Spinningfields Square.

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Bombardier Transportation – Wakefield

Bombardier is the world’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Their vast offering of products includes trains, rail equipment and control solutions for all market segments, as well as category-defining business jets and commercial aircraft. Atom Consultants were commissioned to design the extension and redevelopment of their Bombardier Prorail site in Horbury near Wakefield, where their class 220 Voyagers were built.

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Atom Consultants has designed 3 of the Next Generation Clubs, now known as David Lloyd Leisure Clubs. David Lloyd Leisure is synonymous with high quality fitness facilities, employing some 6,000 staff, including an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800 and the contracted services of over 450 tennis professionals. Their racquets facilities are second to none with 800 tennis courts, 180 badminton courts and 140 squash courts across the UK.

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Chill Factore – Manchester:

The Faulkner Browns Architects’ designed indoor ski centre Chill Factore is home to the UK’s longest (180m) indoor skiing and snowboarding slope and the coolest family day out in the North West. The development of an Alternative Design Scheme for the primary structure by Atom Consultants helped to bring this project within budget for the main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine.

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