Originally maintained by Benedictine Monks at St. Michael’s Abbey close by, this bleak brutalist modern six storey office commercial building received approval in June 2015 to refurbish with brand new single storey entrances as well as multifunctional coloured glass facades reflecting its ecclesiastical connections. The existing ground level undercroft has been converted into a quiet lounge, which features fresh glazing and a zinc facade. Arrays of photovoltaic panels on the roofs of the north and south blocks help to minimise the building’s carbon footprint.
New facades consisting of aluminium frames, aluminium horizontal louvres and cedar vertical louvres invigorate the rear of the site. The redundant air conditioning units have been replaced with modern efficient low noise units.
Awards: RICS Awards 2017, Shortlisted in Commercial and Regeneration categories.
Western Design Architects have undertaken a number of office regeneration projects for Arena Business Centres, who rent out high-end serviced office spaces to businesses across the South.