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2 Howard Chase, Basildon

We are designing a new 1,000sqm bespoke office building for the Newsquest media group in Essex.


The new building reflects the new ways of working for the industry. It is a digital based company and requires a new fit for purpose building that will enable the company to continue publishing in the 21st Century.


The development will be located on a vacant car park site business park in Basildon, and is set back from the road with a 5-meter landscaped strip that will enhance the immediate setting and will provide a precedent for future developments in the area.


The dark brick clad building is an elegant and simple repose to the brief with each structural bay carefully emphasised and framed with protruding brick fins.


The project has been designed with sustainability in mind and has been orientated with the cores to the north and south of the building with a flexible open plan office space with the glazing orientated east and west to minimise overheating form the southern aspect. The office spaces are mixed mode with natural ventilation.


The project has obtained planning, and will start on site in October 2017 with an anticipated completion date for construction in the autumn of 2018.