A dual approach was adopted as a starting point - designing from both the outside in, and the inside out. A detailed study of the complex, multi-layered context of the site was combined with careful consideration of the quality of the environment for the building’s users.
Designed to accommodate constantly changing tenant needs and future environmental challenges, the buildings are easily reconfigurable. The highly flexible design takes the long term evolution of the structure into consideration and demonstrates true sustainability by minimising the disruptive impact of continual urban renewal.
The rich history of the site is visibly expressed in the layers of materials used in the buildings. The flint that forms the foundation layer of the area’s historic structures was a key influence in the architectural approach and is used as the conceptual response for the facade treatment.
Over half of the site is dedicated to open space, creating a new destination for the area and a vibrant public place with a strong local identity. The visual permeability of the site will be enhanced and access into the heart of the development improved to foster legibility and integration.