Renaissance is a new speculative office building that will be one of the first BREEAM Excellent 2011 buildings in the UK. Livingston Eyre’s brief was to design a high-quality external space to stringent environmental standards, but at a realistic cost.
A new square on Dingwall Road is designed to connect Renaissance’s main entrance and cafe with the planned Ruskin Square development opposite. This generous expanse of high-quality recycled granite paving, featuring silver birch trees in trapezoidal planters, creates a lively public face.
A broad tree-lined public walkway, bounded by the new building and by Amp House, widens out into a small plaza space where it meets Wellesley Grove, encouraging pedestrians to take a new route to the town centre. Observant passers-by can find John Ruskin quotes engraved into the kerbs and on unexpected parts of the building.
The private areas for car and cycle parking, around the rear and side of the building, are accessed by controlled gates. Here, native and wildlife-beneficial planting is combined with new bird boxes to greatly increase the ecological potential of the site.
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–with: Andrew Lett Architects for: Abstract Securities completed: 2013