Delaware Drive, Milton Keynes

Delaware Drive, Milton Keynes

One Delaware Drive is the new headquarters building of Volkswagen Financial Services in the UK. It is a four-storey post-tensioned RC frame on piled foundations with an extensive steel work supported feature cladding system wrapping around the whole building.  The sustainable development is designed to provide BREEAM Excellent office space.


SCIA Engineer 3D design software was used by evolve for the structural analysis from scheme through to construction information, which ensured that optimal design and coordination was considered from the very beginning and helped to meet the speed of design development and tight time-scales.

The post-tensioned RC frame CAD was modeled in Revit, whilst the complicated steel work cladding substructure was again modelled using SCIA Engineer in tandem. This allowed us to carry out design checks on the steel work as the frame progressed, and when we were sufficiently happy with the design, were able to import this directly and combine it with our RC Revit model. This saved a significant amount of time and effort and avoided having to redraw what had already been designed. The Revit model also proved an invaluable tool for presenting the structural proposals to the Client and Tendering Contractors.

The original site housed a clothing manufacturer’s distribution centre, which is to be demolished as part of the proposals. There is substantial vehicle parking provision around the new building and an extensive SuDS drainage scheme with associated source control attenuation is provided for this increase in impermeable area and the limited outfall from site.