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Lubrizol Conference Centre Derbyshire

Lubrizol Conference Centre Derbyshire is a new-build hi-tech £9m conference facility used for meetings and training, built by global chemical corporation Lubrizol at the company’s site in Hazelwood, Derbyshire. Lubrizol says the Conference Centre will strengthen its place at the forefront of the global specialist chemicals industry.

It replaces Lubrizol’s ageing training facility and has been designed using BIM to be energy efficient with a glass frontage, sedum flat living roof, intelligent lighting, heating and technology controls which automatically respond to the numbers of people using the building to ensure the environment does not detract from the experience.

The building partially built below ground into the hillside creates a split-level facility and is predominantly steel framed, with a southern elevation that is mainly glazed with substantial solar gain protection cantilevering from circular concrete columns. The circular columns are exposed with a polished finish.

The new building is able to accommodate up to 200 people, predominantly staff and customers, in six flexible conference areas which, thanks to retractable stadium-style seating, can be converted into an auditorium setting in front of a large, floor-to-ceiling cinema-style screen. The building will be used to share ideas and showcase the company’s latest developments utilising the latest AR/VR/XR technologies.

Lubrizol committed to minimising environmental impact ensuring that during construction nothing was taken to landfill, an extensive planting scheme and a wildlife management plan further increases the biodiversity of the site, which is already home to 75 species of birds and animals.

Key challenges and engineering solutions

The building required minimal visual impact on surroundings, yet rooms needed to be as tall as possible, structural construction zones were minimal. The frame had to utilise heavyweight slender beam sections allowing room for services, beams had to be designed with many service penetrations.

A high watertable combined with above normal gassing made the waterproofing problematic.

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  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering




G F Tomlinson


Morrison Design

Project Description

A new high-tech conference facility





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