Working on behalf of our client Scottish Widows, this PFI bid proposal incorporated new Civic Offices for Slough Borough Council. At the heart of the scheme was a new landscaped public space with a hotel on the opposite side of this.
The new building was designed to be highly economical to build with a regular 7.5 metre grid and a regular cladding system. The brief called for BREEAM “Excellent” rating and working with Services Engineer Hilson Moran, Formation Architects designed a building with a “mixed-mode” servicing strategy using limited heating and cooling to cope with the extremes of the seasons. Air movement was ensured through displacement ventilation and automatically opening windows were included to provide free night-time cooling to the office areas.
The floor plates were designed to be sub-divisible in case sub-letting of the spaces was necessary. The ground floor incorporated an entrance hall and Council Chamber as well as a touch-down café space for informal meetings. Layouts were designed to conform to the Government’s directive on “New Ways of Working”.