Solent Business Park

Solent Business Park is a well established, landscaped park, strategically located along the M27 Motorway between Southampton and Portsmouth.

Architects: ESA Architects
Fabricator/Installer: Facade Engineering
Main Contractor: Geoffrey Osborne

The new headquarters for property developers PPG Southern and Bellhammer formed part of the overall Arlington Properties owned master plan for the park and was the last of three new buildings planned for this area of the park.

The completed building provides 6,500 square meters of lettable office space in a three storey building with parking and was designed in two wings to allow maximum flexibility to attract either a single tenant or allow for multiple tenancies with floor by floor or wing by wing letting. The architectural idea uses the expressed roof to bind the elements of the building together, producing a series of defined related pavilions. The interiors are finished to a standard expected in a high-profile office of this nature and the exteriors of masonry, render and glass maximises natural light into the office floor plates.

The architects wanted ribbons of clear glazing in white textured render featuring bold horizontal caps to give a strong horizontal emphasis to the facades and as a result selected Sapa Building System’s Elegance 52 SX curtain wallings throughout both wings. Additionally a fully glazed Elegance 52 ST capped curtain walling system to the main approach and the rear courtyard was used to bring light into the interior and create a dramatic entrance giving total area of glazing in excess of 1000m2.