Scott Brownrigg designed 500 Brook Drive, Green Park, wins BCO Award

14.05.10

Last night (13 May 2010) 500 Brook Drive, designed by Scott Brownrigg for PRUPIM, won the Commercial Workplace category of the British Council for Offices South West of England and South Wales regional awards.

500 Brook Drive is the fifth building Scott Brownrigg has completed at Green Park, Reading and consists of 143,000 sq ft of office accommodation over five storeys.

The BREEAM Excellent and EPC ‘B’ rated building was let before completion and proved to be incredibly popular with a very broad range of potential occupiers as an example of how proven technology and innovation can combine to produce a flexible and aspirational headquarters building. 

The design of the building is bold with a sculpted shape that enfolds a full height central atrium.  At ground and first floor, two parallel wings are joined by the entrance hall to a split service core.  Three further floors form a ‘U’ shaped single space that wraps around the entrance hall.  Cantilevered bridges are the primary means of access from the atrium to the office space at the upper levels which are served by a triple lift core.

The entrance is a cube centred within the full height glazed façade, shaded by the oversailing roof and flanked by two opaque glass-clad stair towers.  Further staircases form external sculptural features.  These are unique in their integral structural support, using an inner string cut from a single steel tube which takes the form of a helix ribbon.  Additional bracing is provided in the connecting floor landings which help counter the torsional forces.

Darren Comber, Group Director at Scott Brownrigg, responsible for the project, said, “We are delighted that 500 Brook Drive has won this prestigious BCO Award.  The opportunity and brief given to us by PRUPIM was to design a building that would be a leading example of how sustainable office space can be efficiently designed and have strong presence through a holistic design approach.”

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