Final green light given for Autohorn

Final green light given for Autohorn

The unanimous approval at the York Council planning committee has granted Autohorn the final green light to start development of its new 45,000 sqft head office. Autohorn who currently manages its growing 2,000+ vehicle from the heart of the York city centre is delighted with the decision.

Director, Lee Underwood has said, “We started planning the development for a new head office as early as 2012 and I’m pleased we’ve come to an agreement with the York City Council.”

The business anticipates that the move will allow them to create an additional 65 full-time jobs by 2021 as well as indirectly creating 136 jobs in the local economy by generating wider economic activity.

About the offices  

Working with architects, ArkleBoyce, plans reveal a 3D render of the new 45,000 sqft building. The new offices will be located at Whitehall Grange, Clifton Moor, on the outskirts of York.

ArkleBoyce’s contextual design of angled brick parapet picks up on the varying roof forms of the surrounding buildings visible against the skyline; but also makes reference to the historic airfield site.

The building will have excellent environmental credentials with photovoltaic panels that cover the rear, south-facing, face of each of the twenty north lights, which form an ideal surface for hosting them.

The entire array is calculated to produce 102,000kWh of electricity per annum or approximately 65% of the building’s total annual regulated energy use. This on-site generation will also be used by Autohorn as electric vehicles become an increasing part of its fleet.

A high-performance building fabric and heat recovery systems ensure that the energy used within the building is conserved. Combined, these energy conservation measures result in the design-stage building using 1/3 the energy of the Part L notional building (6.8kgCO2/m2/year vs. 20.6); and the all-electric design means that the carbon produced by energy used in the building’s operation will be reduced as the national grid is gradually decarbonised.

Shovels are expected to hit the ground as early as February 2020.

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by Mark Williams

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