This landmark building for the University of Reading is a purpose-built business facility designed for innovation and technology-based companies. Sited on the main campus, it is part of the wider masterplan for the campus.
Thomasons was appointed to design the Enterprise Centre with a brief to focus on sustainability. We designed the civil and structural works, as well as providing the specification and inspection of the construction on site.
Replacing a single-storey post-war building, the Enterprise Centre provides 55,000 sq. ft. of floor space over three storeys, giving the flexibility to accommodate a range of company sizes and allow for future growth. It features a full-height central atrium with extensive glazed elevations, which links the office workspaces and forms a community hub.
The building provides a sustainable working environment and achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good. Its design incorporates a reduced floor plate depth to allow good levels of natural sunlight; a highly-insulated envelope; variable speed cooled chillers; solar thermal panels and sun pipes. Old foundation materials were also recycled.
In addition to the sustainable drainage system provided below ground, green and brown roofs were incorporated to increase water attenuation within the site, as well as provide a habitat for wildlife.
The reduced CO2 emissions resulting from the building’s design and its low lifecycle costs are helping the Enterprise Centre generate a self-sustaining business community.