Ian Ritchie Architects were commissioned in October 1988 to design, detail and supervise the construction to completion within one year and to a fixed budget, a 8,500 m2 office/research facility building at the already celebrated Stockley Park.
The concept of the building, arranged on three floors, caters for single or multi-tenancy occupation and was the first of this size at Stockley Park to allow this.
This project created the opportunity to develop with Pilkington the double-glazed Planar® external skin for the entire building. It uses clear, toughened fritted and in some areas low energy coated glass. It is architecturally enlivened by large curved perforated stainless steel solar shades on south, east and west façades.
The strong landscape qualities of the park as a whole are brought right up to the main entrance of the building. The finished building provided a sleek, discreet, and efficiently organised at 92% net/gross, facility, and 90% British made.