Eclipse Park, Maidstone

Client: Gallagher Properties Ltd
Value: £6 million
Contract Period: 56 weeks
Completion: May 2006
Eclipse Park, Maidstone
Eclipse Park, Maidstone

Gallagher Contractors constructed phase 1 of Eclipse Park as Principal Contractor under a JCT Design & Build contract. Phase 1 comprises two modern grade A office buildings with under-croft car parking and roof top meeting rooms looking out over terrace areas and green roofs.

With a gross office floor area of 33,000 sq ft, the buildings are constructed with reinforced concrete frames, ‘bubble-deck’ concrete floors, terrazzo floors to circulation areas and staircase, cherry veneer joinery and full air conditioning. The external facades were changed during the design development process to be an integrated curtain walling system in lieu of the proposed independent cladding and window packages. External escape stairs were constructed from structural steelwork with timber cladding.

Considerable attention was given to the external works where profiled reinforced concrete retaining walls (straight and curved) deal with differences in ground level and surface treatments are a mix of macadam, block paving and well stocked landscape areas.

All ground-works and substructures were carried out by Gallagher Contractors labour and plant and all aggregates and ready mix concrete were supplied by Gallagher Aggregates with surplus spoil taken to Gallagher’s land fill site at Ryarsh. The concrete frame is also formed using Gallagher ready mix concrete.

The Gallagher design team included MKA (Architects), Knapp Hicks (Structural Engineers) and LHP (M&E Services), all overseen by the Gallagher design manager.