We were appointed by Aibel AS to develop feasibility and concept proposals for a new UK headquarters near Petersfield. Aibel AS is a leading service company that works within the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors and provide their clients with engineering, construction, upgrading and maintenance solutions. Our involvement was to facilitate expansion of the business in the UK and help develop a new facility in the UK from feasibility through to planning.
The proposals included a mixed development of office buildings, R&D, light industrial and storage & distribution buildings to the front (south) of the site (development platform 1) and office buildings to the rear (north) of the site (development platform 2), with associated car and cycle parking, service yard areas and landscaping. The illustrative masterplan is careful not to impose on the setting of the listed farm buildings to the north and seeks to retain views from, and through, the site of these buildings to the farm land beyond. The layout also aims to respect the proximity of the adjacent residential properties to the east, which, whilst for the most part are well screened from the development site by existing landscape features, are located close to the eastern boundary.
The proposed scheme is arranged in a loose H-shape plan form with two large areas of open plan office accommodation either side of a common shared entrance area containing stairs and meeting rooms. The architectural language echoes the Hampshire rural vernacular in a contemporary manner and offers a response specific to this part of Petersfield. The elevations have generous areas of glazing to allow light into the deep plan building. The roof form includes glazed gable to create visual interest as you approach the building from the access road. The landscape concept is kept deliberately soft to reinforce the rural setting of the site and an existing stream is retained providing a focal point for the external areas.