Westwood Training Centre Coventry, UK

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Client

Network Rail

Location

Coventry

Value

£9M

Sector

Offices, Hotels & Hospitality

When Network Rail purchased the Westwood building to be its UK conference and training centre, it carried out limited refurbishment.

However, even with that investment, the site wasn’t working well – the meeting spaces and dining areas were small and inflexible, and the hotel didn’t cater for the disabled.

As part of the Network Rail architectural framework, Corstorphine & Wright were appointed by Network Rail in December 2012 to undertake a review of the Westwood Leadership and Development Centre in Coventry.

We led a multidisciplinary team through each grip stage and prepared a detailed sign-off document at key stages.

Our approach transformed the centre into a buzzing, vibrant building that’s now Network Rail’s flagship conference facility.

Having originally been Cable and Wireless’s international training centre, the building was purchased by Network Rail to be used as their UK conference and training centre.

Corstorphine & Wright’s role was to consider ways to make the building more efficient – and look for ways to increase the building’s capacity, and therefore training throughput.

The project involved the complete refurbishment of the training and conference spaces, restaurant, kitchens and break-out areas, as well as alterations to the leisure centre.

In addition, Westwood’s hotel accommodation was refurbished and adapted to create additional rooms together with accessible rooms on the lower levels.

The office accommodation, conference space and break-out areas give people the flexibility they need to run effective meetings. And the restaurant, leisure centre and hotel have created a desirable destination for the many Network Rail team members who visit the centre.

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