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United Kingdom Hydrographics Office, Taunton

Contract Value: £3.2 million

Main Contractor: BAM Construction

Client: Ministry of Defence

The stunning new headquarters for the UK Hydrographics Office in Taunton was a flagship project for F P Hurley.

F P Hurley were awarded the mechanical package to deliver the new HQ for UKHO on its existing site in Taunton. The UKHO produces global hydrographic and geospatial data for the Ministry of Defence and other mariner organisations. It has been in Taunton since 1941.

The project created a brand new office development offering a modern and collaborative working environment. The new facility took 25 months to build and boasts state-of-the-art technology that will secure its future as a leading global organisation.

The development was built on the existing site, and consists of two three-storey buildings connected by a central glazed atrium. The 850-workforce remained operational within the existing offices, and access was maintained throughout the project. With the new HQ now complete, the existing offices will be demolished, and the land redeveloped.


BIM Level 2 Design

F P Hurley worked collaboratively with the design team to develop the design from RIBA stage 4b, so it can e delivered to BIM Level 2. The whole team benefited from a fully integrated digital model which was developed throughout.

Soft Landings

The project was delivered in line with our Soft Landings approach. Close collaboration between the client and the full project team ensured the principles of Soft Landings were fully integrated into the project. Aftercare will involve on-site support and assisting users to ensure that occupants understand how to control and best use their building.

Our scope of services included:

  • LTHW Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Chilled Water
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Natural Ventilation
  • Domestic Hot and Cold Water System
  • External Services (gas, water, fire hydrant)
  • Rainwater System
  • Sanitaryware
  • Above Ground Drainage
  • Thermal Insulation
  • BMS Controls