When children's charity Barnado's needed a new headquarters
building, it selected WGI from over twenty architectural practices.
The reasons: a combination of experience in quasi-public sector
offices, and the integration of its architectural and interior
design teams and services.
The bespoke building would form part of a larger development
involving rationalising the existing campus, and including a new
residential development to fund the new headquarters. The new
building had to be tailored to Barnado's needs and to reflect the
charity's future face as a forward-looking organisation, but
without being ostentatious. The key challenge was to both design
the new headquarters from inside out, with maximum flexibility to
allow for future changes in structure, processes and culture. To
achieve these ends, WGI used focus groups and presentations to
engage effectively with the building's users. Sustainability
concepts were embedded from an early stage in the design process
and throughout the construction, reflecting the client's commitment
to achieving a low carbon footprint.
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