Brownhill Hayward Brown were commissioned by JCB to design a modern contemporary office redevelopment of the Harper Meadows Site, Rocester, Staffordshire. The scheme provides a combined office facility housing JCB Finance and Insurance Services Divisions comprising, circa 3870m2 of office building accommodation including basement plant area, associated car parking spaces and ecological and arboricultural enhancements to the site.
The brief was to introduce water, reflectance and transparency within the new architectural propositions which will be reflected by future projects. The principles of simplicity and modernity that were past characterized in the great works of architecture by Oscar Niemeyer were observed. The architectural vision for the new office development is an impression of a glass box floating on water with clean lines and minimal detailing. Reflectance will be paramount not only with the surrounding landscape on the building façade, but with the building on the water’s surface.
The new office building is a bold, simple glazed form which is set back from the site entrance leaving a large expanse of water between the building and highway. Building users and visitors to the site will be struck by the deep building reflections within this expanse of water. The glass to glass vertical corners and roof parapet further accentuate the building transparency and harmonising the building scale within its surrounding. By using glass in the entirety of the external walls creates a physical barrier and protection from the outside. However, visually there is no boundary between outside and inside with light, water and transparency all important themes within the architectural language of this new facility.