An energetic, sustainable workspace

We delivered an exceptional CAT A transformation of the NOW building in Thames Valley Park across 110,000 sq. ft. to create a new office and recreational space. The project was a collaborative effort, drawing upon the project management expertise of TFT, mechanical and electrical engineers Hoare Lea, and architect Hawkins\Brown. The newly refurbished NOW building stands alongside its sister building, HERE, to form a highly sustainable campus with a dedication to the environment and wellbeing.

Thames Valley Park , Berkshire

110,000 sq ft

An energetic, sustainable workspace

A fit out for a grand first impression

Our client’s goal was to create an office as beautiful as its surroundings, so we set to work transforming six floors centred around an atrium. For added kerb appeal, we installed a glulam canopy on the front of the building, suspended without ground support. This impressive feature is echoed by the timber panelling that features throughout the interior.

Upon entering the building, visitors are greeted by a bright, spacious foyer which benefits from natural light flooding in through the atrium ceiling. A bespoke timber clad reception desk sits proudly at the entrance, along with ample waiting areas furnished with cushioned benches and high stools. The space, which features a striking biophilic wall, acts as a calming central hub, allowing employees and guests to feel relaxed as they come in.

ground floor sustainable seating
Biophilic wall in reception

Welcoming reception, biophilic wall and furniture upholstered with polyester from old plastic bottles.

An illuminating workspace

A unique feature of the atrium is the bespoke tensegrity lighting structure where every element is under either constant tension or compression, all in mechanical equilibrium. The entire structure was built on the ground and raised in one carefully coordinated operation by a team of five and then fixed, stabilised and tensioned, all while avoiding the potential entanglement of the 100 wire ropes.

complex lighting suspended under tension

Impressive suspended lighting structure illuminates the heart of the office.

Flexible, balanced workplace

We created new CAT A office spaces on the upper floors, which are accessible via fully refurbished lifts. The working life of employees has been greatly improved by the creation of diverse and dynamic workspaces, ranging from hot desks for solo work, conference tables, fully glazed meeting rooms for added privacy, and more intimate booths with charging facilities. We also refurbished the toilets on all floors to ensure they were of the highest standard.

As well as inspiring workspaces, we also created a series of calming break out areas to facilitate moments of leisure during the working day. Colleagues are able to sit back and relax in a peaceful setting immersed in natural light. With its muted colour scheme, array of indoor plants and abstract artwork, the new office space is centred around the productivity and wellbeing of those who use it.

Colleague touch down seating
Booths for privacy and charging devices

Neutral tones provide stylish booths for impromptu meetings and charging facilities for solo work

Stand out amenities for maximum wellbeing

Our client wanted to ensure that the building met the needs of all its users. We focussed on installing amenities that will make employees’ lives easier and give them an incentive to return to the office after long periods of working from home. Staff now benefit from an indoor and outdoor gym with modern shower facilities. We also added a high-spec cycle storage facility in the basement which is Five at Heart accredited.

One of the most exciting additions to the building is the outdoor cinema, complete with a screen mounted onto a shipping container and turfed tiered seating. If that wasn’t enough to draw people outside, there is also a canopied dining area with picnic benches, surrounded by an oasis of plants and trees.

Refurbished WCs and shower facilities

Modern WCs and showers complement the indoor and outdoor gym facilities

A sustainable office for the future

Given the lush, natural surroundings of Thames Valley Park, it was paramount that the project was delivered sustainably and with minimal impact on the environment. Materials used in the fit out were chosen with sustainability as the priority. All new timber is FSC certified, and the fabric used to upholster the furniture in the atrium is made from recycled polyester from old plastic bottles. Throughout the project, we were able to reuse and repurpose many existing materials to minimise wastage and environmental impact.

We are proud to have delivered a project that meets the client’s quest for the ‘ultimate wellness and community experience.’ Both HERE and NOW will be net zero carbon, and have both been certified BREEAM Outstanding, Wired Score Platinum and Fitwel 3*.

View into a modern impressive office atrium

Impressive modern and bright atrium with complex tensegrity lighting structure

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