Technology firm’s new £6m campus development gets luxury finish

Aliva UK has put a luxury monochrome finish on a state-of-the-art office development and datacentre at the Stockport campus of insurance software house, CDL.

A winning trio of natural stone, black terracotta and white bricks complete the exterior and interior look on the £6m 30,000 sq ft building, The Codeworks, which was designed by Edge Architects and officially opened last week (May 12). CoreM was construction manager.

CDL Group chairman and co-founder Tom Hogg handed Aliva a brief that also included a requirement for a natural stone entrance hall floor and 12m high lift shaft on the building at CDL’s riverside campus.

Aliva, the UK leader in façades and interior finishes, has its northern headquarters in Manchester. Its execution of the building’s interior incorporated more than 200 sqm of grey Jura limestone with tight 5mm joints and monolithic corners to give a traditional stone-built look.


Outside, Aliva provided 500 sqm of black Grescovering terracotta rainscreen cladding around an imposing three storey glass atrium. This, along with white Wienerberger bricks, created a crisp, high-tech façade.

James Ormerod, MD Aliva UK, said: “Tom worked with the architects on a host of creative ideas for the use of traditional stone, clay and brick on this beautiful building. Aliva took their vision and our expert design team translated it into a stand-out finish, incorporating high quality natural materials that give a very modern and unusual feel.”

Tom Hogg said: “The quality of the materials and technical work on the façade from Aliva UK were excellent, and the combination of stone and glass effectively evokes the binary code concept that lay behind the design. The new building looks stunning internally and externally, and its striking aesthetic contributes to the fabulous working environment we wanted The Codeworks to deliver.”

The building also has excellent sustainability, with ample natural light, efficient lighting and glazing, photovoltaic tiles and a solar thermal system. It is A-rated for energy efficiency, exceeding the standards set out in current building regulations.