The newly completed office building by Bogle Architects represents the latest phase of The Oxford Science Park, offering 60,000 sq ft (NIA) of office accommodation over four storeys. The building's design acknowledges that office space is radically changing - simplistic ideas of cellular and open-plan arrangements are no longer adequate as a response to the current philosophy of workplace design. New concepts such as break-out areas, informal meeting spaces, flexible working, hot-desking and co-working are being progressively developed and this new building offers contemporary, flexible workspace, promoting ‘smart working’ and employee wellbeing.
The building is conceived as two dramatic wings canted away from each other in plan, serviced by a single core facing an impressive triple-height 13 metre wide atrium lobby with long views towards the park. Two satellite cores facing the atrium service the fully open plan.
The design of the new building adheres to the guidelines and key indicators of the British Council for Offices, using a palette of high-quality materials, responding to the client’s brief and reflecting the building’s high use values. Energy efficiency is paramount - passive design measures as well as low and zero carbon technologies such as air source heat pumps, have resulted in a BREEAM rating of “Very Good”. The majority of mechanical plant is housed in ‘plant stacks’ appended to the south elevation.
The main entrance to the building is from the north, directly facing the landscaped dropoff and linking into the wider masterplan of the Science Park. Service, bin stores and 80 cycle spaces are located to the southern edge of the building facing the car park, which has provision for 203 cars - representing 1 car per 35 sqm of gross floor area.
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