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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.
In 2015, dn-a architects were approached by Brydell Partners, an innovative Real Estate Investment Group, to look at the refurbishment of One Station Square in Central Bracknell. The area is due to benefit significantly from the completion of Crossrail in 2019, which will dramatically reduce journey times into London once completed.
dn-a were handed a challenging brief to transform this under-used office block in Bracknell. In its original condition the office areas were cramped; dark; uninviting and not fit for purpose. Brydell wanted to adjust minor parts to the building to improve its attractiveness to potential new tenants and to bring all services up to modern commercial office standards.
The dated 1970’s office block has been transformed into a cool, airy, industrial inspired space that allows for complete tenant adaptation.
On the seventh floor the existing suspended ceiling has been removed. This has exposed a ‘potted’ soffit providing additional energy saving benefits by exposing the thermal mass of the concrete.
This helps improve heating and cooling, creating a working environment that enhances business performance and contributes positively to staff satisfaction and engagement.
Another benefit of removing the suspended ceiling is the increase in ceiling height, which has gone from being 2.3m to 2.7m, creating an open and airy feel to the office.
The beauty of the project is that it isn’t about gimmicks, but about simplicity and letting future tenants personalise the space for less money and time. Providing future occupiers with a clean, crisp, bright and airy canvas, making it a great neutral background for any brand to slot into.
Exposed ceilings, dark floors, and contemporary furniture all contribute to the modern look. This is further enhanced by the bright white paintwork, exposed galvanized steel services, new air conditioning, bursts of colour and bright white suspended ceiling lights, which creates a smart, cool and decidedly authentic air, with plenty of the building’s core essentials now revealed, ideal for incoming tenants.
With well-lit and airy internal spaces, expressing a sense of modernism and openness, you cannot help but feel that a healthy balance between non-corporate attitude and a level of cool professionalism has been created.