Unilever’s UK headquarters is in Leatherhead in Surrey in a building we designed for them around 10 years ago.
Occupying a former industrial brownfield site, the design of the 204,000 sq ft office complex required a sensitive and sustainable approach which acknowledged the adjacent green belt. The three-storey office building is set over a podium deck which, by utilising the existing topography on the site, has allowed the required car parking provision to be largely concealed.
Changing the Ark from a single occupier corporate headquarters to a modern working environment suitable for multi-occupancy required a sensitive approach which re-ordered the interior whilst respecting the design intent of the original.
Our vision for this 2.45 acre site in Staines was to create a high quality 21st century sustainable business destination. The area was an emerging office precinct and our design looked to provide a ‘heart and sense of place’ for this area of Staines.
Occupying a significant 1.5 acre site in the city centre, the redevelopment of the former Charles Street Police Station in Leicester offered an opportunity to rejuvenate the wider area. The project brief included upgrading and extending an existing listed building, adding an extension and a new office and residential block to provide high quality office space and housing.
The Exchange was a 17 acre town centre regeneration scheme. We were selected through a two-stage national competition and were chosen as one of five finalists to develop our concept in detail together with a financial bid.
Our vision for the Exchange focused on re-establishing the urban grid and city grain, together with reconnecting the site to the surrounding streets. A series of major new public spaces would form a new ‘heart’ for the town centre and provide a focus for civic renaissance.
We were appointed to masterplan and develop a design concept for this spectacular winter sports resort, located in Dubailand, UAE. This major tourism project was to be one of the anchor attractions of Dubailand, and extended to over 1.4 million square feet. It consisted of a self-supporting dome 220 meters in diameter and 75 meters high – that would include a revolving ski slope going through and around an artificial mountain range.
The MOLEWA International Design Competition invited proposals for part of the Flower Ocean/Huayan Township Masterplan in Jiangxi Province, China. Our design, the “Living Pods in the English Garden”, was a three-star, 286 bedroom hotel with a total floor area of 10,500sq m.
Our brief was to modernise the interiors of One Station Square, an under-used 1970s office block in Bracknell, increasing its attractiveness to occupiers.
We wanted to provide something completely new for the Bracknell office market and a major contributor to this goal was the removal of the suspended ceilings to expose the ‘potted’ soffit. This creates the impression of larger spaces.
Marketing One Valpy as a contemporary, urban workspace with five-star service required a design to match. We took this 1980s building in the centre of Reading which had been vacant for some years and carefully targeted the design interventions to produce an effective, yet economically viable scheme.
The Parklife building replaces an existing development with 75,000 sq ft of high quality office space over five storeys with 7,000 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor fronting Wandsworth Common. Each of the office floors has a roof terrace to take advantage of fantastic views across the River Thames and towards central London.
With floorplates of an acre and ceiling heights up to four metres, maximising the flexibility of layouts and providing visual interest within these huge volumes were critical to our re-engineering of this under-used 1980s development.
Our solution sees the introduction of a 100-metre long ‘street’ in the heart of the building, providing pockets of space for waiting or meeting.
The redevelopment of this tired 1970s building next to Reading station has created an elegant new landmark for the town centre. We stripped the building back to its frame, added four storeys and squared off the chamfered corners, a technically challenging process which required the integration of architecture and structural engineering design.