SOCOTEC – Coventry.

“The new Coventry site is a fantastic facility, the likes of which has never been seen before in the history of this market. It sets the standard for facilities that we can be very proud of.”

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Creating an industry leading testing facility

SOCOTEC – Coventry.

Catalyst were approached by SOCOTEC to develop their brand new concrete testing facility at their new premises in Coventry. The former industrial warehouse has been converted from an open space to a large testing facility with several laboratories and newly refurbished offices.

Designed and delivered by Catalyst, the new facility sees a complete change in the working environment for SOCOTEC that is beneficial for both staff and clients in equal measure. After a detailed consultation process, Catalyst’s expert team developed a design scheme that enables SOCOTEC to reach new standards of testing within the industry. Spatial adjacencies and workflows were investigated and tested during the design phase to ensure high levels of productivity and ease of use for all staff. Where standard solutions were not fit for purpose, bespoke Items of equipment were designed to help facilitate staff in carrying out their daily tasks with maximum efficiency. For SOCOTEC, this investment in their staff has resulted in a working environment that sets a new industry standard, which puts the wellbeing of staff and the quality of service provided to their customers at the forefront.

Collaboration and communication were key throughout the duration of the project, with Catalyst working closely with SOCOTEC to gain a thorough understanding of their processes and ethos. With this knowledge In place, Catalyst used their expertise to deliver a tailor-made solution against a challenging backdrop of tight timeframes and restrictions caused by the pandemic. The new state of the art site will be home to over 100 staff and sees SOCOTEC relocate from their former Daventry and Southam sites into their new home for their materials testing, Geotechnical, commercial and contaminated land departments.