‘A contemporary Victorian warehouse’
Working alongside contractor Robertson (North East), Capita, RPS Gregory and OOBE this landmark scheme was won in competition and will form part of the wider riverside masterplan in South Shields and marks the first phase of development in the Trinity South neighbourhood. The high-tech business centre for SME’s builds on the success of the GT3 Architects-designed headquarters for BT which also forms part of the wider riverside regeneration masterplan.
The development is one of the first in the region to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ through a combination of simple, passive environmental techniques allied to a large array of roof-mounted, photovoltaic panels. The pre-construction BREEAM score was measured at 86.9%.
The design concept seeks to address the social issues of multi-occupancy buildings by creating a clustered arrangement of studios and hydrid units and through the celebration of circulation space as a social amenity. The building is conceived as 3 contemporary Victorian warehouses each with a distinctive character but bound together by a clean, bold, ribbon of elevation and the shared social space. An elevated roof garden provides further amenity and further differentiates the Green Incubator Building from other similar developments.
Each ‘warehouse’ benefits from exposed structure (for passive cooling), opening windows and a central wintergarden (to aid cross ventilation) and a robust palette of materials (to minimise damage during tenant churn).