Cartwright Pickard’s The Forum civic office in Towcester has been shortlisted for a British Council for Offices Award 2016.
The centerpiece of South Northamptonshire Council’s £45 million Towcester Regeneration and Civic Accommodation Project, The Forum comprises a library, civic offices, council chamber and a variety of community uses. The building is arranged in two blocks positioned either side of a central atrium which brings light into the building, assists the ventilation and cooling strategy and acts as an organisational device, linking the various functions with access directly off a new civic space. Office floor plate depths are designed to allow optimum levels of flexibility for future uses, whilst allowing natural light to penetrate the spaces.
A new council chamber is designed to allow a range of different activities from council meetings and training events to public lectures cultural performances, and private events.
Winners for the Midlands and East Anglia region BCO Awards will be announced on 28 April.