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    03 JUNE 19
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  • UKHO HQ

    The new headquarters for the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is a bespoke and inspiring three storey office building for one of the world’s leading geospatial information companies, designed to cultivate collaboration and prioritise connectivity. The highly durable and agile building supports a cultural shift towards a way of working that can meet the UKHO’s needs for decades to come.

    The project brief was to encourage a ‘one team’ culture. Our design has accomplished this through the use of generous staircases, open balconies and wide bridges which create physical and visual connection between all parts of the building.

    Arranged around a dramatic 800 m2 atrium, the building accommodates 700 desks across flexible floor plates which are broken down into 10 smaller neighbourhoods with a range of collaborative and agile workspaces.

    The design concept took inspiration from the hydrographic office’s work, following the theme of ‘Seabed to Surface’ with images of strata, contours and water currents influencing the aesthetic design throughout.

    The project is on course to achieve BREEAM Excellent and follows the Government’s Soft Landings process.

AWARDS

  • RIBA South West Award 2019
    Winner RIBA South West Award 2019
  • RIBA South West Award 2019
    Winner Sustainability Award 2019
  • RICS Awards South West 2019
    Winner Commercial Category
  • Michelmores Property Awards 2019
    Winner Building of the Year
  • PLACES LEISURE EASTLEIGH

    The design of the new sustainable leisure centre underpins Eastleigh Borough Council’s commitment to promoting a healthy borough and offers the people of Eastleigh a new health and fitness venue with improved facilities, benefitting the whole community.

    The 9,400 m2 breeam excellent building is one of the largest in the region and was designed and constructed in under three years.

    The new facilities include a gym, fitness studios, 25m eight lane swimming pool, 15 badminton courts, tennis courts, squash courts and all-weather pitches, as well as a café and soft play area.

    The new building makes the most of its parkland surroundings through highly glazed double height spaces. AHR put the importance of natural daylight as a key priority in creating healthy and appealing spaces. Several design options were analysed to break away from the conventional leisure centre.

    Careful orientation of glazing to create north light within the swimming pool and sports hall combined with stretching the building 'spine' has achieved exceptional levels of daylight and parkland views throughout the occupied spaces.

    Despite the larger size, due to careful design the centre maintains a similar footprint to the existing leisure building, with no loss of green space, demonstrating its high environmental standards.

AWARDS

  • RIBA South Award 2019
    Winner RIBA South Award 2019
  • LABC Building Excellence Awards 2019
    Winner LABC Building Excellence Awards 2019
  • CONWY COUNTY COUNCIL OFFICES

    AHR was appointed by Muse Developments Ltd in 2014 to support them in a developer led competition to submit proposals for a new council office building for Conwy County Borough Council in Colwyn Bay.

    Following an extensive competitive dialogue process Muse was selected as the preferred Developer in September 2015. AHR led the development of the design proposals through the competitive dialogue process to produce a scheme which will deliver a once in a generation opportunity to change the methods of working for the Council creating a lasting legacy for the town, contributing towards the regeneration of the town centre and offering new possibilities.

    The building has been designed to sensitively sit within the context of the Victorian sea side town, yet be a contemporary intervention into this historic setting signalling the bright future for the town.

    The building has been designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent and an EPC rating of A.

    The four storey building has been designed around a central atrium space which distributes natural daylight into all working areas of the building. To the rear of the building a decked car park solution provides the quantum of car parking required by the brief for the Council.

AWARDS

  • RICS Wales Awards 2019
    Winner Regeneration
  • LABC Building Excellence Awards North Wales 2019
    Winner Best Large Commercial Project
  • Insider Property Awards Wales 2019
    Winner Workplace Design of the Year
NEWS
  • Northern Powerhouse Award Shortlist

  • 17 FEBRUARY 2017

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