The office headquarters replaces the municipal buildings and other rented properties within the council’s estate which were incurring considerable maintenance costs.
As a spend to save project, the headquarters consolidates many of the departments under one roof in a town centre location, improving accessibility of services for the public and impacting positively on the urban fabric of the town.
The flexible design ensures the council can deliver their aspiration for adopting new ways of working. Staff are provided with a variety of meeting spaces, both informal and formal. Spaces such as quiet meeting rooms, conference room, training rooms, touchdown areas and a large multi use chamber all add to the flexibility of this civic building.
Given the prominent location, within a mostly undeveloped site, this building has no back elevation and therefore is articulated with a simple palette of materials of acid etched concrete and anodised curtain walling with variations in the depth of façade to add detail.