Client: South Tyneside Council
Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear
An award winning business centre for new and growing companies in the renewables sector. The development is one of the first in the region to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ and won the prestigious BREEAM award for the most sustainable office building in the UK. The central feature of the building, a green chimney inspired by the areas industrial past, plays a significant role in the architectural language, the environmental strategy, as well as informing the landscape strategy. Two coloured ‘beams’ flow from within the building radiating out from the base of the chimney, gradually growing in width as they move outside the building.
A contemporary, sustainable and delightful work environment
Taking the façade treatment as a cue, the building has been ‘exploded’ to create forms in the ground plane which visually break up the car park and inform planting areas. Climbers will be trained up metal vertical support systems providing an injection of ‘green’ into this working area. An elevated roof garden provides external amenity space with a series of raised planters providing enclosure to seating areas and encouraging wildlife. A great opportunity for colleagues to meet on the cafe style furniture – formally, for meetings on fair days, or informally during breaks to encourage networking.