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Bibby Atmosphere One
SPACE were employed to design and deliver the main building for the developer, and oversee the delivery of the specialist fit-out works for Bibby Offshore in a contract period duration on site of forty weeks with a contract value of £5.5m. The project site sits in the middle zone (PADHI) of the BP Forties pipeline, and part of the project challenge was to evolve a design and layout for the developer which would allow the requirements of Bibby Offshore for their new headquarters building to be accommodated.
Externally, the facility was designed to suit its context by using glass curtain-wall systems integrated with composite panels and ceramic-granite rain-screen features, in a palette of colours to complement neighbouring buildings. Similarly, the building’s scale was mitigated by designing a 2 storey ‘pianonoble’ appearance of first and second floors, ‘floating’ over the ground floor which has a more open and horizontal emphasis. The top (third) floor is designed to maximise on views across an open terrace, over neighbouring buildings to the surrounding countryside of Deeside to the south and west. This upper level is set back from the main mass of the structure below, and houses staff restaurant and gym facilities enabling staff to escape the stress of the work-place during break periods in the day.
Internally, the building was designed to provide a bright and welcoming double height entrance reception, overlooked by the upper level. The deep plan of the floor plate is designed to combine natural ventilation to the perimeter areas combined with mechanical ventilation to central spaces, while providing a flexible floor space designed in accord with BCO best practice guidelines.
Conference and meeting spaces are arranged around the main entrance core over 3 levels, with north and south wings interconnected behind the main core.