A modernist office scheme designed by Broadway Malyan in the heart of Milton Keynes has been completed.
Victoria House, the first stand-alone office scheme in the town for seven years, was developed for Frontier Estates and substantially pre-let to accountancy firm Grant Thornton.
The prominent 38,000sqft development takes the form of a four-storey brick pavilion with a recessed roof terrace and two symmetrical wings abutting a full height entrance which aligns with the Port-Cochere opposite, one of a series that delineate Milton Keynes’ famous grid street plan.
Each of the building’s wings is constructed from visually striking buff multi-facing brick in keeping with the overall content of the business district. This is combined with a pre-cast concrete string courses and a ground floor colonnade to articulate the building’s regular and simple grid configuration.
Broadway Malyan director Neil Rose said the building’s design was a response to the modernist principles of the town that had influenced its architecture since it was first founded exactly 50 years ago.
He said: “Our approach for Victoria House was to create an elegant and well-mannered building that was respectful of the Milton Keynes vernacular but also created a landmark that made a notable contribution to the urban landscape.
“Victoria House blends commercial viability with architectural integrity and successfully meets the client’s spatial, environmental and logistical demands while respecting Milton Keynes’ exacting urban design requirements.”
“Our approach for Victoria House was to create an elegant and well-mannered building that was respectful of the Milton Keynes vernacular but also created a landmark that made a notable contribution to the urban landscape.”Neil Rose, Director, Broadway Malyan