Extension to cold storage facilities
Location Chelmsford, Essex
Client Leathams Ltd
John Finch Partnership were employed to design large extensions to the Leathams food refrigeration warehouse, replacing two blocks at either end of the building. The four-storey additions create a “bracket” formation with the existing storage, and externally are clad with profiled steel in a different colour to contrast with the original.
The extensions allowed a footprint increase of more than 2,100 square metres, expanding the cold storage areas and providing a new vehicle access point in the service yard. On the north side of the site, a new reception, social canteen area, and office space have been arranged vertically through the storeys in an “amenity core”, distinct from, but still connected to, the main warehouse.