- Location Luton, United Kingdom
- Value £11.2 million
- Size 7,079 m²
- Client Luton Borough Council
- Year 2007
- British Council for Offices (BCO): Commercial Workplace Award, Midlands & East Anglia
The Innovation Centre and Business Base is located at Butterfield Park, on the North East edge of Luton. The centre has been sensitively integrated into the site to minimise its impact on the landscape, whilst at the same time acting as a landmark design to signal the regeneration of Luton following the closure of the Vauxhall car plant.
Designed to provide flexible space in order to accommodate future changes in occupier demand, the building provides space for new companies engaged in innovation and high technology activities. Communal circulation and informal meeting spaces have been arranged to encourage contact between the different occupants of the building, cultivating the feeling of a business community.
A high-quality building with a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating was achieved within the constraints of a tight budget by integrating simple but significant key design decisions early in the design process. The building is naturally ventilated and contains automatic opening vents to provide night time cooling. Exposed concrete soffits provide thermal mass to help moderate temperature fluctuations.
A large and visually-balancing lake in the centre of the development and a flood meadow at the southern end of the site provide support for a wide range of wildlife while helping to deal with the rainwater runoff from the roof.