Construction of Fujifilm UK’s new headquarters in Bedfordshire has reached practical completion, main contractor MCS Group has announced.
The Midlands-based construction company has handed over the 30,000 sq ft three-storey showroom, workshop and office facility to the healthcare, materials and imaging company. MCS Group was appointed to deliver the £7.6 million contract by developer Graftongate.
Located just off Cardington Road, Bedford, the high specification building is near Fujifilm’s previous HQ which opened in 1983. Fujifilm has agreed a long-term lease, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the area.
Southill Estate, a Bedfordshire based family trust, owns the land and funded development of the new business premises, led by developer Graftongate. Cladding on the building fuses Fujifilm’s Japanese roots with the local heritage. It includes shoji screens and designs reminiscent of the historic Bedfordshire Lace patterns that are synonymous with the Bedford area.
The new building has excellent (BREEAM) environmental credentials and provides attractive working space which embraces innovative sustainable features, including solar panels, and a built-in rainwater collection and storage system. Fujifilm has also committed to installing bird boxes and spaces for local wildlife that replicates their natural habitats.
Keir Edmonds, managing director of MCS Group, said: “It has been a real pleasure to work alongside Southill Estate, Graftongate and Fujifilm UK to deliver an outstanding new headquarters with innovation and sustainability at its very core.”
Award-winning MCS Group delivers major projects across the industrial, storage and distribution sector. The company has also built and refurbished more than 300 car dealerships including Audi, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari and Jaguar Land Rover since its inception in 2003.