DKA were appointed as executive architects under a design and build contract for these new offices for South Gloucestershire Council. The Council had a range of buildings that were nearing the end of their lease or reaching the end of their life. In order to provide replacement accommodation of a suitable quality they decided to centralise their head office operation into one location at Badminton Road Yate.
The new building includes a broad range of administration functions with only a few areas being accessible to the public. The council chamber function is located elsewhere. Innovative technological treatment ensures the building achieved a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating. Notable features include rainwater harvesting, solar control, exposed mass cooling and the use of a screen to the southern elevation to control solar gain, cooling, security and the impact of noise from the nearby main road.