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Published on: 29 January 2024

Updated on: 29 January 2024

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Gary Tailby

Managing Director

Tina Batham

Managing Director

Office interior design consultancy Office Principles North has been chosen to deliver two new projects that will upgrade facilities at the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) in Coventry.

The Midlands-based firm will design and construct a two-storey mezzanine and new laboratory space at the national battery manufacturing development facility, near Coventry Airport.

The initial 20-week project will create up to 8,000 sq ft of open plan office space, meeting and conference rooms in the warehouse process hall. The extension will connect to the building’s second floor via a new link bridge attached to the main building and will involve steel and M&E works.

Phase two will see the creation of a single storey ground floor structure housing c.3,000 sq ft of new laboratory space for exploratory work. It will be fitted out to modern laboratory standards, and will include wipe down surfaces, electrostatic flooring, and air conditioning. It is expected to be complete in spring 2024.

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Office Principles North will deliver all works in a live environment and will employ sound proofing and dust monitoring equipment to ensure optimum air quality. Both projects will be delivered in collaboration with Ridge and Partners LLP and AtkinsRéalis, and are in addition to a new enhanced battery laboratory which is also currently under construction.

We are delighted to further our relationship with UKBIC, having initially worked together more than two years ago. We will be creating much needed new space for the UK’s growing battery sector and helping to ensure that this highly important operation in Coventry continues to flourish. Office Principles North has developed a reputation for first class office fit out and refurbishments but this project will enable us to showcase our construction expertise too. The design for the new extension has been developed in collaboration with UKBIC and will involve the installation of steelwork within the existing concrete floor. As air quality is critical in a battery production environment, we’ll be taking additional measures to ensure that appropriate levels of cleanliness are maintained at all times.”

Gary Tailby

Managing Director

UKBIC opened in July 2021 and is used by organisations with new or existing battery technologies.

It recently secured £38 million in funding to upgrade the facility’s scale-up capabilities in support of innovation projects for high-tech developers and users of battery technologies. The new funding, announced as part of the autumn statement, is principally for UKBIC’s innovative flexible scale-up line, and builds upon the £36 million already committed by the Faraday Battery Challenge in May 2023.

Meet the Authors

Gary Tailby

Managing Director

Having spent over 25 years in the industry, Gary is a highly proficient leader, with an all-encompassing knowledge of the commercial property market. The list of major corporates he has worked for spans all sectors and reflects his passion for exploring fresh business opportunities and breaking new ground. An enthusiastic team player, as well as a leader and director, Gary is intent on making sure that clients always attain their vision.

Tina Batham

Managing Director

With over 25 years’ experience, Tina is a recognised and trusted industry leader whose client portfolio spans a huge body of work. Having consulted across most sectors, Tina is proficient in identifying the best solutions; focusing and advising on any single project to achieve outstanding results. As managing director, Tina is a hands-on team player as well as a strategist and experienced business development professional.

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