National Trust Offices Swindon UK

A cutting edge office building in the UK is the National Trust offices in Swindon by architects Fielden Clegg Bradley. Despite being a 'design and build' contract, the nominated architects were able to deliver a state of the art sustainable building. It is naturally ventilated and daylit,

Figure 15.5 National Trust offices, Swindon (courtesy of Fielden Clegg Bradley)

Rooflight as northlight /

Air exhausts via ventilation 'snout'

Air rises from the floor f n void via perimeter trench Opening insu|ated opaque heating units and grilles in panels for ventilation

Rooflight as northlight /

Air exhausts via ventilation 'snout'

Air rises from the floor f n void via perimeter trench Opening insu|ated opaque heating units and grilles in panels for ventilation

Figure 15.6 National Trust offices: ventilation and daylighting (courtesy of Fielden Clegg Bradley)

Figure 15.6 National Trust offices: ventilation and daylighting (courtesy of Fielden Clegg Bradley)

with mechanically assisted heat recovery ventilation for the winter. The majority of the roof supports PVs. Enhanced thermal insulation and lighting controls are featured and the whole building achieves an air tightness of 5.5 m3/m2. Many of its materials were sourced from the Trust's own sites. The architects had to work within the constraint that additional sustain-ability features had to pay back within 20 years. The building is on the site of an extensive nineteenth century railway works. The design echoes the scale and form of the old buildings whilst providing an office environment which should set the standard for offices of the future (see Figs 15.5 and 15.6). In 2006 it received the RIBA Sustainable Building of the Year award.

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