As part of a major regeneration programme, Suffolk County Council needed a landmark, public sector office building to integrate staff from two local authorities, in one open-plan space.
The building needed a prominent location, a strong presence and a shared reception, bringing the councils together and making it easier for the public to access services. It also had to provide a modern, efficient, flexible working environment with improved facilities, meeting rooms, conference space and areas for democratic activities.
We designed a four-storey, open-plan atrium building on a high-profile corner plot. The atrium provides openness, light and natural ventilation. Office space and public zones are linked by generous circulation bridges which double up as breakout and meeting spaces.
- We created a landmark building, serving two councils and the public.
- The building has inspired a new ethos, reduce the councils’ waste and improving efficiency.
- Breakout spaces have facilitated impromptu meetings, creating better working groups.
- The building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.
Client: St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council
Value: £16 million