Nestle Product Technology Centre

Back to Case Studies

Case Study Details


Client's Requirements

Nestle commissioned the expansion of their Product Technology Centre (PTC) in York to incorporate an additional 3,000m2 of new office and meeting accommodation located over 3 storeys as part of their global network of Research Centres. The PTCs are responsible for developing new technologies and innovative products, as well as providing help and technical assistance to Nestlé operating companies around the world.

The modern dynamic and innovative new building incorporates offices; sensory areas (tasting panels); engineering support; conceptualisation; design/idea space; a prototyping kitchen; customer experience and demonstration spaces;  meeting spaces; and also a conference venue for global VIP delegates. The PTC project covered three distinct phases; a new office extension, a pilot plant extension and an office refurbishment.

Silcock Leedham’s Contributions

Silcock Leedham was appointed by Nestle to provide full M&E design from concept to tender and detailed design.

We liaised with the client/team to confirm the design criteria, scope and extent of mechanical, electrical and public health services. We negotiated with the utility companies on incoming supplies and carried out a desktop study of existing utility records, and prepared diversion/abandonment drawings.

We carried out thermal modelling to establish heat gains and heat losses based on fabric information. We prepared M&E services layouts, schematics and plant schedules and liaised with manufacturers to establish technical quotations for costs and plant details. We assisted in obtaining Building Regulations compliance for Part L and other applicable regulations, prepared and submitted the as-design and final Part L compliance Report and Energy Performance Certificate.

Added Value / Unique Selling Points

We provided advice to Nestle on energy management and renewable technologies and produced a Low Zero Carbon Report.

We provided BREEAM and LEED specialist input to enable the building to achieve ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating and ‘Platinum’ LEED scores.

In order to optimise building design in terms of energy consumption and occupancy comfort, we fully thermally modelled the building using IES Apache SIM. This had allowed the most appropriate facade design in terms of Solar Gain and Daylight distribution.