UKHO Headquarters, Taunton, Somerset

Banishes the notion that security need be unwelcoming

UKHO Headquarters, Taunton, Somerset.
UKHO Headquarters, Taunton, Somerset. Credit: Daniel Hopkinson

South West Regional Award 2019

AHR for UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO)
Contract value: Undisclosed
GIA: 11,000m²

This office has been the catalyst for UKHO to make a cultural change towards a ‘one team’ culture and transparency as 700 staff move from pre-war premises to open plan working and natural ventilation. Two narrow floorplates sit aside an atrium of bridges and cascading staircases, giving a fluid but controlled geography. The palette is fresh and light with a comprehensive integration of the fit out. An open approach from security to entrance banishes the notion that security need be unwelcoming. The new building is now helping attract and retain talent and send a progressive message to customers.

Regional Sustainability award sponsored by Michelmersh

  • UKHO Headquarters, Taunton, Somerset.
    UKHO Headquarters, Taunton, Somerset. Credit: Daniel Hopkinson
  • UKHO Headquarters, Taunton, Somerset.
    UKHO Headquarters, Taunton, Somerset. Credit: Daniel Hopkinson
  • UKHO Headquarters, Taunton, Somerset.
    UKHO Headquarters, Taunton, Somerset. Credit: Daniel Hopkinson
  • UKHO Headquarters, Taunton, Somerset.
    UKHO Headquarters, Taunton, Somerset. Credit: Daniel Hopkinson
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