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UNIT's new Sainsbury's HQ campus plans approved

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UNIT Architects has won planning for a new 20,000m² headquarters campus for Sainsbury’s in Ansty Park, Warwickshire

Rugby Borough Council gave a unanimous thumbs up to the £50 million project which was praised for its ‘sensitive design’ approach.

Last week the scheme also picked up a commendation in the office category of the AR Future Projects awards 2015.

Speaking about the new campus Ross Hutchinson, partner at UNI|T architects said: ‘Our aim from the outset was to transcend the typically un-contextual and transient built form of the business park to create an architecture and environment with a sense of place and permanence.

‘The proposals are centred round a cloistered landscaped square that forms the social heart of the scheme and serves as an organising device to connect two new three storey office buildings, an energy centre and car park building with two existing buildings.

‘The built forms are set between a series of linear gardens and courtyards which provide seasonally protected external spaces to meet and relax.’

Two new campus buildings will be arranged with landscaped courtyard together with two linear gardens

According to UNIT, the red brick and pre-cast concrete piers and subtle hierarchy of the pre-cast concrete bands to the office buildings and cloister form rationally organised and elegantly proportioned openings that echo the local precedents.

Once completed the proposals will provide additional office space for 1,200 people. The project is expected to start in the spring and complete in 2017.

UNIT campus

Project data

Category: Commercial Office
Address: Ansty Park, Draken Drive, CV7 9RD
Value: £50million
Size: 20,000m² [gross internal area]
Status: planning approved
Completion: Projected 2017
Client: Sainsbury’s
Architecture: UNIT Architects
Landscape: UNIT Architects
Project Manager: CUBE
Structures: Gary Gabriel Associates
M&E: Couch Perry Wilkes
Planning: Turley
Costs: Mace
Highways: Royal Haskoning


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