Stockley Park chief executive Andrew Vander Meersch wants to bring in us architects for the next phase of the successful office-park complex.
Vander Meersch told the aj at mipim last week that phase iii of the scheme will be 'semi-urban' in flavour and requires a 'change, a freshness and a new thought process', probably from a limited invited competition between Kohn Pedersen Fox and Skidmore Owings and Merrill. 'It's not going back to us-style architecture and it won't be a big name,' he said. 'Lee Polisano (of kpf) is bright, sensitive to the environment and Skidmores is doing interesting things again . . . I'm desperate to find architects who can respond to the needs of today.'
The first 145,000m2 phase was completed and leased in 1991. Arup Associates provided five buildings for phase ii, one of which is subject to negotation for lease by cisco. Number 4 the Square, Stockley Park, could have structural problems in strong winds, when panes of glass separated by a 10mm gap could touch and shatter. Vander Meersch said Arups had installed new glass at a 'reasonably substantial' cost and it would now be completed in May, rather than October. 'It's a pain but it's a super building and the problem is solved.'
The £88 million phase iii has 18,000m2 of consent from Hillingdon, but its impact on green-belt land means that an application for only 32,000m2 of development has gone to the detr. The earliest start on site for phase iii would be this time next year, said Vander Meersch.