Leading regional retailer Booths, has continued its long-term association with leading natural stone producer, Burlington, by featuring the company’s Elterwater Green walling stone within the palette of materials used to create Booths new and environmentally-friendly central office.

Designed by Leeds-based architects, Farrell & Clark LLP, Burlington’s Elterwater Green stone with a riven finish has been used to create a coursed gable wall that forms the west façade of the building. In addition to serving as a point of solid termination to the two-storey building, the Burlington stonewall plays a functional role by helping reduce noise disturbance from the adjacent road.

Installed by Haygarth Construction of Kendal on behalf on main contractors, Eric Wright Construction of Preston, the same Burlington material also features on the building’s south, entrance façade. Here the stone has been used as feature bands that contrast with polished concrete block work.

Organised around a linear plan and located adjacent to Booths’ distribution site, the building’s external materials were chosen to amalgamate it with its surrounding environment, whilst conforming to the technological standards of design adopted by Farrell & Clark.

As Nick Cooper, associate at Farrell & Clark architects comments: “Booths has a strong link with Burlington and the Lake District, which is a credited resource for raw building materials. Furthermore, one of the main design aims was to emphasize the natural materials used in the building’s construction. Incorporating Burlington’s Elterwater Green walling stone into the overall scheme has helped us achieve this, as it compliments the timber roof structure and cladding.

Serving to replace Booths’ existing central office site located within Preston’s town centre, the new HQ facility exudes a visual and operational quality and provides the company’s employees with a comfortable, modern and efficient environment within which to work.

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