Integra Buildings has helped give Birmingham a head start in the run-up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games by completing a new Jobcentre.
The award-winning modular building company used innovative construction techniques to design and rapidly build the two-storey centre as part of redevelopment work in the Perry Barr district of the city. A quick turnaround was vital because the previous Jobcentre is being demolished to make way for a bus station serving the Commonwealth Games stadium.
The modern, spacious accommodation covers more than 1,000sq m, including large open-plan offices, smaller meeting rooms and kitchen and bathroom facilities. Externally, the building is designed to reflect Jobcentre branding, through the use of coloured Rockpanel cladding and a feature entrance canopy.
The contract was awarded via the Crown Commercial Services Modular Building Framework – a groundbreaking drive to deliver projects for the public sector by using cutting-edge offsite manufacturing methods. Integra is one of just 24 preferred suppliers within the framework.
Working alongside Acivico Group, the project management and design consultants, Integra provided a full turnkey package, including groundworks, for Birmingham City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions. The 28 modules that make up the Jobcentre were manufactured “off site” at Integra’s factories in East Yorkshire, before being transported by lorry to Birmingham where they were carefully installed to form the new building.
As part of the development, Integra also delivered three new retail units, which will serve the local community.
Integra has built a strong reputation over more than 20 years for its innovative, bespoke approach to modular construction, meaning it can match the design of a building to a client’s specific needs. In this case, the Jobcentre was required to be installed on a temporary site before a permanent home can be found towards the end of the decade.
Gary Parker, Integra’s Managing Director, said: “Our bespoke modular solution meant the Jobcentre could be installed on a new site quickly and efficiently, without compromising on the quality of accommodation. Our team has done an excellent job getting the new building over the finishing line.
“It’s an exciting time for Birmingham as it prepares for the Commonwealth Games, so we’re pleased to be able to play our part in the regeneration work.”