14 Jun 2023

Caddick secures planning for new Wakefield office

Caddick secures planning for new Wakefield office

Caddick Construction Group has secured planning permission to redevelop Cape House at Wakefield 41 Business Park, which is set to become the business’ new headquarters in 2024.

Building work on the new office is set to commence imminently, and will include extensive refurbishment work to repurpose and modernise the vacant two-storey building, increasing its size from 11,000 sq ft to 15,000 sq ft.

Designed by DLA Architecture, the office will incorporate a new two-storey extension, a glazed front extension with a double height atrium reception and cafe space. The development will include open-plan office space, meeting rooms, and break-out areas.

Work will include a range of measures to enhance sustainability, both in the building’s design and operations. Features will include renewable energy technologies such as photovoltaic panels with EV charging stations also being installed.

The redevelopment plans will incorporate the existing building superstructure, which will be stripped back to its steel frame and updated with new building fabric, windows, and all new mechanical and electrical installations.

Once complete in early 2024, Cape House will become home to 130 staff. Caddick Construction plans to retain its current premises at Knottingley, which has acted as the business’ HQ for its 500-strong team since its formation in 1979, and is also undertaking wider regional expansion in the North East.

The move will form part of Caddick Construction Group’s controlled and planned growth following the appointment of its new Construction Group Managing Director last summer. The business is active in a range of sectors, with key projects including SOYO, Leeds’ new £300m neighbourhood, Trafford Council and Bruntwood’s £50m King Street regeneration scheme and Bradford’s new Grade A office development, One City Park.

Paul Dodsworth, Caddick Construction Group Managing Director, commented: “We are growing as a business; our team is expanding, we’re extending our geographical presence and our project portfolio is growing in all of our core sectors. It’s the perfect time for us to invest in our new headquarters, which will give us a well-connected, modern and energised office from which we’ll continue to thrive. It’s also vitally important that we create a head office that will help attract and retain staff going forward.”

Jason Clarke, Director at DLA Architecture, commented: “DLA are delighted to support the Caddick Group in achieving planning consent to redevelop Cape House for its new HQ. This collaboration further strengthens our long and illustrious relationship with the Group and we feel privileged to have been entrusted to design new state of the art premises to align with their business aspirations and expansion plans.”

The team working on the project include planning consultant, Sheppard Planning, M&E delivered by CSD, structural and civil engineering delivered by Roscoe, building control by Stroma, acoustics by Apex and the transport assessments were completed by Fore Consulting.

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