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Mountbatten House
Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK
CLIENT  Squarestone Growth ARCHITECT  Feilden Clegg Bradley
quantity surveying – project management
Known as the ‘Hanging Gardens of Basingstoke’, Mountbatten House is a complex building. For Squarestone Growth, Circle assembled an exceptional project delivery team, and co-ordinated the design and cost planning that helped achieve planning approval for the heritage-listed building’s refurbishment and adaptation.
“Circle is one of the few consultancies that can see projects from their client’s point of view, quickly identifying the drivers for success and then running the project appropriately. We thoroughly enjoyed working with the Circle team … and their input was critical to the project’s success.”
BRAD BURRIDGE, Squarestone Growth

Mountbatten House

HEIGHT
6 storeys
AREAS
152,610 sq ft lettable offices, GIA 239,120 sq ft
MATERIALS
in situ and precast concrete frame

STRUCTURAL + CIVIL ENGINEER
Whitby Wood
MEP CONSULTANT
Skelly & Couch
LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT
Grant Associates

SECTORS
commercial, heritage, refurbishment
COMPLETION
starts on site late 2020

Mounbatten House is a six-storey terraced commercial complex, originally commissioned by paper merchants Wiggins Teape. It was designed by Arup Associates’ Group 2 and constructed in 1974-76. IBM was a later occupant, and it is now Grade II Listed. Its unique concrete frame design is of particular interest, along with the spectacular landscaped terracing made possible by the sloping site.

Constructed using a combination of in situ and precast concrete, each floorplate includes a 1m deep void for building services installations — presenting design and logistical challenges for the adaptation works. We are providing quantity surveying and project management services for the building’s full refurbishment, which will result in flexible Grade A office space.

Our team members’ broad construction knowledge and in-depth understanding of the issues has helped in the finding of design solutions that conserve the heritage structure and reveal its intrinsic design strengths. Circle’s appointment began at concept stage, and the project has now achieved planning and listed building consent. It is scheduled to start on site in late 2020.

images : Hayes Davidson, courtesy Squarestone Growth and Feilden Clegg Bradley
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