Scott Brownrigg designed Kestrel House, Wallingford, Oxfordshire wins BCO Award


Kestrel House, Oxfordshire, designed by Scott Brownrigg has won the Corporate Workplace category of the British Council for Offices South West of England and South Wales Regional Awards.

Owned and occupied by leading hydraulic research agency, HR Wallingford, as their Headquarters, Kestrel House is situated directly opposite Red Kite House, the award winning Headquarters for the Environment Agency, also designed by the practice. Whilst the pair of BREEAM ‘Excellent’ buildings were visually designed to form an impressive and distinct ‘gateway’ into Howbery Park, they each utilise different technologies to provide the quality of their internal environments.

The creation of an environmentally sustainable building that could champion the environment and technology business park concept, as well as reflect the operating needs of HR Wallingford was of paramount importance. The 46,000 sq ft, energy efficient Kestrel House incorporates a mixed mode environmental control system, external brise soleil shading, displacement ventilation and chilled beams fed from on site borehole water sources, a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS), solar water heating, and the provision for grey water harvesting to be retro fitted in the future.

The exterior is clad in natural stone with a fully glazed entrance façade, whilst the interior has been designed to be simple, functional and transparent. The internal layout allows optimum natural daylight to all work areas.

Red Kite House and Kestrel House are currently the subject of a research paper being drafted through Scott Brownrigg’s Design Research Unit. The research, which is based on post occupancy evaluation and life cycle costing analysis will compare and contrast the relative merits of each of the incorporated technologies.

This is the second consecutive year that Scott Brownrigg has had success within the South West of England and South Wales BCO region, with 500 Brook Drive, Green Park winning the ‘Best Commercial Workplace’ Award in 2010.   The building will now go on to compete in the BCO National Awards.

Darren Comber, Group Director at Scott Brownrigg, responsible for the project, said, “We are delighted that Kestrel House has won this prestigious BCO Award, and that the practice has produced two award winning sustainable buildings located opposite each other. Both utilise different technologies to provide the quality of the internal environment and further define the importance of sustainable buildings in today's society.”