Landid and Brockton have completed The Porter Building in Slough, in line to be the first office building in the UK to achieve the global WELL Building Standard certification.
The 120,000 sq ft building developed by the partnership between Landid and Brockton Capital, is directly opposite Slough Station. The partners say it is already attracting interest from occupiers, including Fiserv, a financial services technology company, which has pre-leased the entire 1st floor, comprising 28,400 sq ft, and will move from its current premises at Stockley Park.
Chris Hiatt, Landid Director, said: “The Porter Building brings a completely new kind of workspace to Slough, with a contemporary and dynamic work environment that meets the growing demand for high quality, well-connected office buildings for the next generation of occupiers in the Western Corridor.
“The workspace will positively impact on business performance, through staff retention and attraction, wellbeing and productivity and will meet the aspirations of the very best talent. We are excited to open the doors and can’t wait for occupiers to move in and bring the space to life.”
Tony Edgley, Partner at Brockton Capital LLP, said: “The Porter Building is the epitome of connectivity. Slough is not only the hub and nexus of the UK’s fibre network providing speed, resilience and huge carrier choice, but it also boasts doorstop access to the M4, M25, Crossrail, Heathrow, London, Oxford and Bristol.
“Complementing connectivity with contemporary, efficient, amenity rich space, designed to the highest standards of WELLNESS, is the modern checklist for office space criteria for the next generation of occupiers.”
Designed by architect TP Bennett, The Porter Building is undergoing certification for the WELL Building Standard, an international performance-based assessment methodology grounded in medical research that is exclusively focused on human health and wellbeing in the built environment.
Although a handful of major UK office developments currently under construction have registered for the rating, WELL certification is only achieved upon project completion and to date no building has attained WELL Core and Shell certification in the UK. With The Porter Building now complete, it is set be one of the first UK office buildings to attain the rating.
As well as setting a new bar for wellbeing, The Porter Building also boasts great connectivity, having been awarded a Platinum ranking – the top award – through global digital connectivity rating scheme WiredScore, and has achieved a BREEAM sustainability rating of ‘Very Good’.
The Porter Building has two restaurant/cafés at ground level, and a 2,000 sq ft communal roof terrace.
In addition to The Porter Building, the Landid/Brockton JV portfolio also includes The Charter Building, Uxbridge, and Thames Tower, Reading. The partnership say they are the most active office developer in the Western Corridor, combining outstanding contemporary design, character, connectivity and sustainability to create market-leading workspaces aimed at modern businesses.
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