Cowlin Commences Truro Offices for Winter Rule

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Construction begins on stunning new offices for Winter Rule Chartered Accountants in Truro this month, with south west contractors Cowlin selected to complete the £1.9m project.

Situated on Tregolls Road, one of the main arterial routes into Truro, the new building will replace the accounting firm’s existing offices on the site. Winter Rule will re-locate to temporary offices until summer 2009, when the project is due for completion.

The new four-storey Lowin House development has been designed to harmonise with the brownfield site and features striking architectural statements such as the main public entrance, which will be clad with full height integral glazing and a canopy.

Mike O’Neill, regional managing director of Cowlin in Devon and Cornwall states:

“The modern new offices for Winter Rule will certainly create a night time focal point on Tregolls Road and provide the much needed space and facilities for the Truro-based accounting company.

“This project is one of several Cowlin is currently completing in Cornwall – others include the NAWT animal shelter at Wheal Alfred Farm, the Falmouth Community Centre and Falmouth School. These represent a total of £4.7m of business for Cowlin in Truro, certainly a pleasing first half of the year for us in the region. We hope to continue building on this success as we move forward towards 2009,” he said.

The new building will cover a total internal area of 1330sqm. The structure will be raised on columns to create private undercroft parking for 34 cars. Covered cycle parking will also be provided together with shower facilities.

Constructed from structural steel with pre-cast plank, the main body of the building uses through-colour render clad and curtain walling.  The west elevation acts as a buffer between the noise of the highway and the quieter spaces of open plan offices. The building fabric has been carefully considered to minimise heat loss and heat gain to reduce cooling load.

Cowlin is renowned across the region for its outstanding H&S and environmental credentials, and risk management methods will be put into place throughout construction to minimise the risk of air and water course pollution.

Cowlin is working with project managers Vickery Holman to complete the project.

Notes to Editors:

Cowlin Construction Limited, part of the Balfour Beatty Group is a leading building contractor with offices in Bristol, Cardiff, Yeovil, Exeter, Plymouth and Truro, and a projected turnover of £240m. With more than 500 employees, Cowlin provides a range of services, including design & build, new build, project management, refurbishment and general works. The firm has a wealth of experience that spans several sectors, from commercial and industrial, to education, healthcare, leisure and residential.

Cowlin Construction is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and is fully affiliated to the Constructionline scheme. Health and safety is a key priority and Cowlin has won four prestigious RoSPA Gold Medal Awards in consecutive years since 2004 and holds the OHSAS 180001 accreditation. In addition the company recently attained the environmental management standard ISO14001.

Cowlin Construction was also named as a finalist in the West of England Business of the Year Awards 2006 and 2007, a finalist in Building magazine Awards for  Contractor of the Year 2007 and was placed at 79 in the Western Daily Press Business Guide 2008 Top 150 companies.

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