CABI Headquarters, Wallingford

Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI)

A limited design competition for the new UK headquarters of not-for-profit international organisation CABI, based in Wallingford. The design concept for the two-storey, carbon neutral office, integrates an experimental bio-diverse landscape with a new collaborative flexible working environment that reflects CABI’s scientific expertise in solving problems in agriculture and in the environment on a global scale, and the goals of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. The accommodation will also provide a range of associated amenities including a café restaurant, meeting rooms and a lecture theatre which will also be used by the local community. The building is inherently energy efficient; detailed strategies for materials, orientation, structures and passive ventilation have been devised and include the careful selection of materials for the building fabric, which will absorb carbon dioxide, to embrace the aim of a ‘Carbon Neutral’ construction. These, combined with a BISRA ‘soft landings’ concept will assist the building to achieve zero carbon in operation.

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