Victoria Gate, Woking
This speculative commercial office building which was originally designed by Scott Brownrigg in 1985, has been stripped back to its frame, extensively modernised and extended to increase its appeal to the competitive commercial market.
The BREEAM Excellent building is both elegant and contemporary, working in harmony with its original fabric and other new developments happening within Woking Town Centre.
In retaining the building’s original design integrity, the refurbished scheme brings the original ‘out-board’ external column structure inside, partially on the first floor and fully on the remaining floors. This has allowed for an extension to the original footprint, beyond the existing envelope, with extended cantilevered floor plates and a new fifth floor helping to provide an additional 25% of lettable floor space.
The cantilevered floors and a rationalization of the internal space and external entrance have also enabled the creation of a new double height reception space. The new, more accessible entrance area is set back at ground and first floor levels from the main building façade.
A former courtyard located in the centre of the plan has been infilled at ground floor level to create a stunning full height, glazed atrium, with a back-lit stretched fabric feature wall, which floods the original lower floors with light.
The additional fifth floor of accommodation has replaced the original pitched roof and is set back from the façade. This has enabled the creation of a new roof terrace at the front of the building, on the west, allowing for views over Horsell Common. It also provides new areas for top floor plant equipment. The over sail ‘floating’ roof feature is indirectly illuminated from the fifth floor balcony area using further LED lighting.