After nearly three years and a well-conceived staged procurement plan, the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) now has a striking new head office and conference facility. Avery Associates Team Architects and Location Group prepared a staged development concept for the EMA to provide a facility that would cater to the needs of its members for the next 30 years.
This exciting project on a prominent site on Khyber Pass Road was planned in four discrete stages to maintain a functional working environment for the EMA during the construction process. It involved the demolition of seven buildings (including the original low-seismic-rated 1963 office block), the creative rework of a 1920s’ industrial building, a partial refurbishment of the existing former EMA offices, and a new four-level head office.
The new EMA Business Hub building forms the gateway into the site via a two storey void. This leads onto a public semi enclosed courtyard with the Business Perk café set within its 80-year-old industrial portals. The upper levels of this 1920s’ warehouse have been transformed into a flexible, modern conference/training facility with a variety of seminar spaces and breakout areas.
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