Prominent HQ building completed for Exeter-based researchers / by rachel

Oxygen House, a major new 40,000 sq ft landmark building on Exeter Business Park in Exeter, Devon, has completed and is set to open in May as the new headquarters for pioneering statistical research company, ATASS Group.

Designed by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan and occupying a prestigious gateway site which is highly-visible from the north-bound M5 motorway, the landmark building draws upon stadia and yacht design in reference to the work of ATASS Sports, a subsidiary of ATASS Group that will also occupy Oxygen House, as well as Exeter’s maritime history.

The building was awarded the prestigious BREEAM rating of 'Excellent' at design stage, reflecting the client’s strong commitment to environmental and social responsibility and design team’s track record in sustainable building design and place-making and is testament to the highly-flexible and sustainable development.

Passive sustainable features include external solar shading, increased thermal mass, night-time cooling and Green Guide-rated materials, while low and zero carbon technologies include solar hot water, rainwater harvesting and photo-voltaic panels.

Developed according to best workplace design principles, the practice responded to ATASS Group’s desire to promote health and well-being for all, with the building set in landscaped grounds and featuring facilities such as a restaurant, gym, ‘trim trail’ and flood-lit all-weather pitch with spectator facilities for football, tennis and volleyball.

Practice Director David Anderson said: “The completion of Oxygen House marks a major chapter in what is one of the most prominent new-build workplace projects in Exeter. It is testament to close partnering between our expert designers, which also designed the adjacent Met Office, with the client and wider project team. The exemplar design reflects the nature of the client’s sports-focused business, as well as the city’s nautical heritage and will provide a dynamic business with a flexible platform for future growth.”

Oxygen House was developed by Summerfield Developments (SW) Limited and constructed by Midas Construction.

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