New centre for digital enterprise puts a distinctive footstep onto the Middlesbrough skyline
DigitalCity Business is a regeneration project core funded by One North East (RDA) and managed within Middlesbrough Council by a dedicated team. Grounded on Teesside University’s expertise and reputation in, DigitalCity’s objective in commissioning Boho One was to create a vibrant, self-sustaining, successful and beneficial supercluster of digital media and technology businesses in the Tees Valley. DigitalCity wanted an accessible, networked, visible set of office spaces for digital businesses ranging from approximately 36 sq m to 170 sq m that presented to Middlesbrough a landmark, sustainable building.
Boho One achieves this by using an open circulation route connecting office spaces and marked with ‘network spaces’ that occur on landings, on benches outside lifts, on link bridges between towers and in network pods that hang on the ends of these bridges. The three upper storeys are turned ninety degrees over the ground floor to form ‘towers’ rising over two roof terraces at first floor and allowing daylight into the ground floor concourse area.
The ground floor is clad with blue brick, above the three discreet towers are clad with black riven face ceramic tile, red Trespa panel and pre weathered zinc planks in an attempt with internal colour, shape and visual connection to create a language for its occupants to navigate the building.
This building has evolved its commercial type by placing usable and essential accommodation outside the rented space within common areas. The result is to encourage occupants to spend a significant amount of time outside the office increasing visibility, friendship and ultimately business interaction. Several examples of how this work have happened already.
A ground source heat pump and wind turbines helped contribute to a BREEAM Assessment under Offices 2006 criteria of Excellent scoring 72.57%. The EPC returned a B score of 39.