Green Incubator / Plus Three Architecture

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Architects: Plus Three Architecture
Location: , UK
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Steve Mayes, Available Light Photographic Studios

Project Area: 3,085 sqm
Structural Engineer: Capita Symonds
Services Engineer: RPS Gregory
Ecologist: E3 Ecology

One Trinity Green is a new, high-tech business centre for SMEs in the renewables sector. Forming Phase 1 of the Trinity South development in South Shields, the scheme redevelops and regenerates a brownfield site formerly occupied by an electronics factory which was one of the major employers in the town.

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The building is conceived as 3 contemporary, flexible, ‘Victorian’ warehouses each with a distinctive character but bound together by a singular ribbon of elevation and a range of shared social spaces. An elevated roof garden provides further amenity and further differentiates One Trinity Green from other similar ‘incubator’ developments.

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Each ‘warehouse’ benefits from exposed structure (for passive cooling), opening windows and a central winter garden (to aid cross ventilation) and a robust palette of materials (to minimise damage during tenant churn).

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The design concept seeks to address the social issues of multi-occupancy buildings by creating a clustered arrangement of studios and hybrid units and through the celebration of circulation space as a social amenity and interaction space.

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Completed in May 2012, One Trinity Green is one of the first in the region to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating through a combination of simple, passive environmental techniques allied to a large array of roof-mounted, photovoltaic panels. The pre-construction BREEAM score was measured at 87.7%.


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Cite: "Green Incubator / Plus Three Architecture" 22 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 02 Sep 2014. <>


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