Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC) has moved into newly refurbished offices on Upper Market Street in the centre of Eastleigh to provide services at this accessible town centre site. The current offices at Leigh Road were in urgent need of repair and proved too large for the number of Council staff.
Stride Treglown was appointed by the Council in 2011 through OJEU to develop proposals for the refurbishment of a newly acquired office building. The Council was looking for an innovative, creative and sustainable design. Only the concrete structure could be retained with the existing floor to ceiling heights and structural elements providing challenges to the whole design team which could be overcome by clever design solutions.
The refurbished building now provides modern office accommodation for 350 employees with a new ‘glass box’ at the corner of Romsey Road and Upper Market Street, creating a new landmark in the street scene of Eastleigh, and conveying a modern image of the Council. The break-out and meeting rooms in the glass box offer great views across the adjacent park and towards the city centre.
The existing undercroft within the footprint of the building has been filled in in order to create much needed additional floor space for a new public Customer Service Centre and a café enabling informal meetings between Council staff and the public. The public space around Eastleigh House will also be improved and enhance the overall appearance of this key city centre location. The proposed landscape seeks to give Eastleigh House a legible setting, with a new entrance area, staff rest space, reconfigured car park and cohesive boundary treatments. New planting is of a limited and robust palette, chosen to tie the site together, and will give year round colour and interest.
Using passive environmental principles, the building offers simple, well designed low energy workspace, a high level of sustainability and already achieved the sustainable industry standard BREEAM ‘Excellent’ at design stage.
Approximately 100sqm of PV- panels on part of the south elevation and the flat roof form part of the 15% renewables strategy as does the energy efficient lighting and much improved insulation and air tightness.
The entrance and reception area of the adjacent Wessex House have also been remodelled to provide high quality reception space for start-up businesses, with the existing large concrete canopy demolished to create a more welcoming approach to the building and improving the public realm on Upper Market Street.
It is hoped that this positive addition to Eastleigh will attract further investment, help to bring more people into the town centre and support the long term regeneration of the area.
Cora Kwiatkowski, Senior Associate for Stride Treglown and Design Architect, said:
“I am pleased we have been able to work with EBC to create the high quality working environment they require to provide their services to the public. The refurbished ‘Eastleigh House’ will be an important addition to Eastleigh’s town centre and give an uplift to the whole area. The transformation of the building is astonishing.”
Council Leader Keith House said:
“Staff are delighted by their new surroundings and it will also be a much more welcoming environment for our residents, businesses and visitors alike”