Furniture manufacturer plots ‘landmark building’ for new offices

Furniture manufacturer The Senator Group has earmarked new offices at one of its sites in Lancashire.

According to a planning application submitted to Hyndburn Council, Senator plans to add a new complex to its Huncoat Business Park site, off Newhouse Road in Huncoat.

Detailed in the plans, the proposal is to build a new extension to the manufacturing facility providing office space, expansion of the existing canteen area, external terrace space, undercroft car parking and associated external works following the demolition of a two-storey brick-built office facility.

A statement supporting the application said: “At present, the site forms a car parking area for the Senator furniture manufacturing factory. The proposed offices will form a landmark building within the business park through contemporary design and its use of materials.

“The massing is in keeping with the surrounding context and picks up on the verticality expressed throughout the business park in cladding and glazing styles.

“The proposed form has derived from the undercroft car parking at ground floor which provides a plinth to the building and continues this footprint to the offices above.

“The main entrance steps away from the back of pavement to allow for landscaping and a space to define it. Black cladding and glazing will wrap the upper floor and continue to the entrance and extended canteen spaces.

“The external decking area will adopt a form of greenery through green walling or similar methods to create an area of well-being for staff and visitors within the otherwise light industrial context.

“Level thresholds to the main entrance will continue through to the factory floor and canteen whilst a new lift will be installed to allow access to the first floor offices and external terrace area.

“The office extension is to accommodate existing staff members. The proposed scheme provides 68 car parking spaces and retains the nine motorcycle parking spaces and proposes cycle shelters.”

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