- Technical Support:David Fletcher
- Documentation:Peter Blair, Ashley Fraser, Tom Carroll
- Interiors:Maria Panetteri
- Structural + Civil Engineering:Bonacci Group
- Hydraulic Services:CR Knight
- Building Surveyor:PLP
- Dda Consultant:Architecture & Access
- Project Architect:Anna Maskiell
- Workplace Strategy + Project Director:Philip Ward
- Design Director:Clinton Murray
- Project Director:Andrew Kings
Agilent Technologies wanted us to design a built environment that would change how their people work: to help them invent, test and refine ideas more consistently and quickly. They also wanted the building to represent spectroscopy – the study of light. Every aspect of the STIC – the spatial qualities, façade design, detailing, furniture specification, lighting and even ventilation design – has been designed to disrupt ‘business as usual’ and provoke innovation. The building is a series of micro-environments for thinking, testing, knowledge sharing and production; wrapped in a ‘veil’ that offers constantly shifting experiences of light and shadow to employees, collaborators and the public.
The design reflects Agilent Technologies’ team sizes, disciplinary mix and organizational culture. The multi-layered, habitable facade creates alcoves for small team and individual work. The open-plan research space is gently divided into small neighbourhoods by the careful placement of pods which are technologically rich environments for virtual teaming, stand up meetings, small group work or focussed individual production. Directly adjacent and visually connected to the open-plan research spaces are a series of highly flexible laboratory environments. The bespoke adaptable furniture and servicing systems can be transformed as inventions develop; transferred to specialist laboratories for testing; and even come into the workplace where safety allows.
The ‘Town Square’ is the social heart of the building and connects it to the broader campus. Containing a museum stair, cafe, sunken courtyard, Gen-Y space and clustered formal and informal meeting spaces, the Town Square employs a more richly textured material palette and geometry than the research spaces to create a sense of permanence and monumentality. Within the three-storey volume there are small spaces for individuals and groups to collaborate, relax and meet whilst also offering a rich social space for the entire campus to come together to celebrate past and future successes.