Scott Brownrigg is pleased to announce two architectural projects - 26 Cambridge Science Park and Victoria Gate, Woking have been shortlisted for a visit by BCO Regional judges.
26 Cambridge Science Park has been entered into the Corporate Workplace category for The Midlands and Central England region; the category considers the merits of both the base build and fit out. The judges’ visit takes place on Wednesday 13 February.
Cambridge Science Park is a world-leading Science Park and the oldest in the UK, set within a mature wooded landscape. With the objective to reposition the park as a leading global technology hub, Plot 26 is the first in a series of new buildings being developed on the southern fringes of the Park to attract scientific and technology research and development clients.
Commissioned by Trinity College Cambridge via Bidwells, the objective was to create a 21st century building that would provide the catalyst for rejuvenation and set the standard for future developments both within the park and the wider area.
Sitting on a landscaped podium over undercroft parking, the three-storey building has become a ‘sculptural object’ in the landscape. Recessed from all sides of the site boundary has allowed for the provision of a landscaped outdoor working area, a landscaped edge to the north of the site, and a carefully designed “street” that leads to the main entrance.
The materials used give a sleek and minimal appearance that aims to attract the target market. During the design stage the building was pre-let to leading games company Frontier Plc.
Victoria Gate has been entered into the Refurbished/Recycled category for the South of England and South Wales region. The judges’ will visit on Monday 21 January.
Scott Brownrigg designed and delivered the original Victoria Gate in 1986, utilising new techniques in unitised curtain walling and slim efficient construction methods.
Thirty years later the building has been stripped back to the original frame and extensively modernised and extended to bring it into the 21st Century for Aviva Investors.
Scott Brownrigg’s design enhances a key route through Woking with a landmark that references the HG Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’, expressing dynamic external structural features at the primary entrance elevation. Retaining the building’s unique structure, the refurbished scheme brings the external columns inside to extend the floor plates beyond the original envelope. Infilling the former courtyard, developing a new light filled atrium, and adding a fifth floor, has created a further 25% lettable space. The creation of a new double height reception delivered a generous new entrance, set back at ground and first floor levels and treated with a vibrant electric blue anodized finish. The additional fifth floor accommodation, set back from the façade under a cantilevered ‘floating’ roof, creates a new roof terrace with stunning views over Horsell Common through the frameless glass balustrades. The building has been let to McLaren Automative.
Each visit will consist of a tour of the building and a 10 minute presentation.