Developer: IM Properties
End User: Arthrex UK
Project Managers: Ridge & Partners LLP
Engineers: PCS Consulting Engineers
M&E Consultants: DW Pointer & Partners Ltd
Landscapers: BEA Landscape Design Ltd[/wr_vc_textblock]
Change in materiality, fenestration and projections were explored in various ways as a tool to break up the potentially singular elevations and maximise the flexibility of the floor plate. A particular point of emphasis was the treatment of the west and south facing elevations, which were ideal locations for prominent features that could enhance the buildings visibility across the business park.
Each idea helped feed into the overarching design intent as means of creating the optimal proposal for the site. Analysis of the viability of each option aided the greater understanding of the requirements for both the building and the context.[/wr_vc_textblock]
The orientation of the building and its position on the site has been driven by the location of the existing centralised access road, contributing a natural split around which the layout is structured. As such, the building is positioned along the north boundary, with a highly visible frontage that overlooks the parking to the south. The main entrance has been orientated to face the primary pedestrian access route to ensure legibility upon approach and seamlessly link into the existing Blythe Valley connections.
A key design principle for the site was the treatment of the existing access road, in particular breaking the road in between the development plot and the adjacent Rybrook. This has facilitated the creation of dedicated compounds for each of the plots, adding a layer of security that is beneficial to both whilst still maintaining pedestrian links by foot. The result is the incorporation of significant landscaping zones, which help address the balance between the built form and context and culminate in a specially designed, protected terrace area to the rear of the building.
Overall, the layers of landscape and car parking combine to act as a protective buffer between the building and Central Boulevard, creating a site arrangement that considers the clarity of the building, the protection of the existing context and the security of the site.[/wr_vc_textblock]
The facade incorporates a mixture of cladding, ribbon windows and curtain walling to create an understated yet cleanly structured design which is bookended by extruding the main entrance and secondary escape stair an extra storey at either end of the floor plate. The result is two ‘wrap over’ features on two elevations which serve to denote the building to visitors, contain the executive office space and plant rooms and provide ideal signage locations, highly visible to the rest of the park.
A significant feature of the design is the contrasting colour scheme, which has been enhanced by recessing each window bay to emphasise shadows and avoid monotony across the elevations. Through this recessing, the columns are exaggerated and reflect the structural simplicity of the design. Each of these elements combine to create an aesthetic that simultaneously links into the context and establishes its own unique identity.[/wr_vc_textblock]