GO Technical Centre

Date 2015–Ongoing
Client GO plc
Value n.a.
Location Zejtun, Malta

masterplanning new build sustainability

From the way in which rain water is collected and distributed across the 10,000 sq m of office space, to the use of photovoltaic panels that clad its roofs and façade, the new GO Tech Centre at the Industrial Estate of Bulebel in Zejtun provides a prime example of AP Valletta’s sustainable design philosophy.

Front elevation. Artist impression. All credits AP Valletta.

The complex comprises five main blocks, including two office blocks and a warehouse building. The latter incorporates state of the art storage mechanisms that allow full-height storage shelves to move laterally to reduce unusable corridor areas.

Roof Plan. All credits AP Valletta.

The proposed data centre, the largest of its kind on the island and designed to reduce heat losses through its skin, overlies the plant and generator rooms while the heart of the project is provided by the gateway building, a low lying building almost wholly covered with a vertical garden system spilling over into the car park at the core of the development. It is connected to the office blocks and data centre by a series of bridges that provide healthier routes to the employees crossing from one area to another, while taking in south facing valley views.

The telecommunications market is a volatile one and the rapid evolution of technology requires constant re-evaluation of the programme. Flexibility is therefore a main ingredient of the design. Flat slabs allow the potential redevelopment of the structures and their potential evolution into other uses.

The design was the result of a sound collaboration between AP and the client who encouraged the use of smart methods of construction, facilitating the evolution of spaces in the future.

All credits
AP Valletta

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