We’ve delivered several projects at White Rose Office Park, helping developers Munroe K with their mission to evolve the site into a northern nerve centre for innovation. Munroe Court is a key part of that mission: this large office suite for HSBC needed to be sustainable and flexible, with the option to be split into a multi-let building in the future.
One of our biggest challenges in designing the offices was its deep-plan layout, as all staff needed to be on a single level. We wanted every occupant to have access to natural light – even in the very centre of the open-plan space – and worked hard to make that possible.
To make the spaces as flexible as possible, we placed service cores around the perimeter of the office, limiting the “fixed” spaces within the office. This not only futureproofs the building, but allows the occupants to use space more efficiently. By raising the office on pilotis, we were able to add an undercroft car park with spaces for 200 cars – including electrical car charging points.
We solved the issue of daylighting with a horizontal line of glazing, wrapped around the building and spanning the full height of the interior space, and with five giant roof lights. This has ensured that anyone working in the office can benefit from the maximum amount of natural light, wherever they’re sitting – a real boost to wellbeing.
Displacement ventilation, heat recovery, and low-energy LED lighting help the building to be highly sustainable. This aligns with our wider masterplan for White Rose Office Park, which sets out a vision for a place which is a joy to live and work in, with a minimal cost to the world around it.
“It’s a stunning building – the finest building I have ever built. This is a great mark of confidence for Leeds and for us.”– DAVID ASPIN, CEO OF MUNROE K