Date posted: August 12, 2021
The winners of the RIBA South and South East Awards 2021 were announced this week. The awards celebrate the best architecture in the UK and we are proud that the new Headquarters for Promega UK is amongst the winners. The building was also voted ‘Best on Show’ in the South by the readers of the RIBA Journal earlier in the year.
ArchitecturePLB were appointed by Promega UK to design a new Headquarters and logistics facility on the University of Southampton Science Park back in 2016. ArchitecturePLB were briefed to design a building which reflected Promega’s ethos and was ambitious in quality, sustainability, and environment for its staff. The final design is split into two wings enclosing a landscaped courtyard and joined by a glazed entrance. The single-story wing, containing logistics, and a laboratory is wrapped in a stone wall and topped with green roof. The two-story wing contains offices, training facilities, and social spaces and has an Innovative sculptural roof.
The building’s bold design uses self-finished, high quality materials. The building has a hybrid structure of concrete, steel and timber with an innovative sculpted roof form which takes inspiration from the landscape. The roof is an exposed hybrid structure in a hardwood Laminated Veneered Lumber (LVL) forming beams, with a Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structural infill.
The building creates a ‘home from home’ atmosphere with excellent natural light, a connection to nature and a variety of spaces in which to work.