Waterfront Point, Widnes
An inventive and flexible workplace “home”

Overview
Value: £3.5m
Size: 1,500 sqm offices and 220 sqm storage facility
Programme: January 2016 - October 2017
Services: Architecture & Interiors
Typology: Workplace

Awards
BCO Regional Awards 2018, Corporate Workplace
EPC Rating A(25)

Photography
Adrian Lambert

5plus designed and obtained planning consent for Halton Housing Trust’s (HHT) new HQ and construction service building in Widnes town centre. HHT is a dynamic, not for profit, housing association that owns and manages over 6,500 homes and employs over 280 staff. The aim of the new building was to consolidate their estate and co-locate head office and building services.

We worked closely with HHT to undertake workplace consultancy and develop a brief which supported modern methods of working. Early engagement and consultation across the organisation developed a bespoke package which challenged the everyday operation and mindset of the office.

Now complete, the building is extremely well utilised striking a balance between a “home away from home” and a workplace, allowing and optimising flexible working methods.

Externally, the form and materiality of the building borrows from the adjacent residential development and also references the primary function of the organisation. Four roofscape forms act as mini-atria, allowing natural light to penetrate the building and provide passive stack ventilation. Solar shading on the south elevations reduces internal heat gains whilst allowing views onto a south facing, landscaped terrace.

Internally, the 1,500sqm office building is split across two levels, with the stair cores pushed to the perimeter of the building to allow for a ‘service’ spine between the office spaces. The building is derived from a 1.5m planning module and is arranged around a central, double-height atrium providing good daylight penetration to all areas of the floor plates. The atrium acts as a hub of activity and connectivity between the office wings.

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