Doncaster Civic Office 

Doncaster Council required a landmark building that would boast civic presence whilst bringing together the authority’s estate into one purpose-built development that enhanced customer relations and improved the efficiency of council services.

Client  Doncaster Council / Muse Developments
Location  Doncaster
Completion  2012
Cost  £25m

Services

  • RIBA stages 1-6
  • Architectural design
  • Advice on offsite solutions
  • Workplace adjacencies study
  • Spatial planning

Awards

  • RIBA Regional Awards
  • BCO Awards – Best Corporate Workplace in the North (shortlisted)
  • RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards – Commercial Building (shortlisted)
  • Yorkshire Property Awards – Best Commercial Development

Doncaster Civic Office assisted the Council in rationalising their estate, bringing all departments together under one roof in a purpose-built, lean building.

We formulated a strategy to implement the findings of the Council’s space audit, designing a new BREEAM Excellent workplace for 1,200 staff, which occupies a prominent position within the new Civic and Cultural Quarter, facing onto Sir Nigel Gresley Square.

A fully glazed spacious main entrance is clearly visible from the new square and a light and airy customer services centre is located at the front of the building providing a one-stop-shop for council services. Frontline functions are located in prime locations, highly visible and easily accessible.

Office floorplate depths allow a passive environmental approach to be adopted, keeping energy usage to a minimum and reducing in-use costs. The highly efficient flexible floorplates can be easily subdivided into sub-lettable offices should the need arise. Stairs and M&E plant and vertical services risers were made offsite and craned into place on site, reducing the overall cost and programme time, while upping the quality of these components.

The space planning and fit-out underpin the Council’s ambition to foster collaborative working.