Slough structure becomes first of its kind in country to achieve WELL Building Standard
A Slough development designed by TP Bennett has become the first office building in the country to achieve a healthy design standard conferred by the International WELL Building Institute.
The Porter Building, created for Landid and Brockton Capital, has been awarded the WELL Core and Shell certification, attaining a gold rating – the second-highest possible. The developers said the standard was a key marker in the US, but also being sought by increasing numbers of UK schemes.
The six-storey Porter Building, which is opposite Slough Station, offers 11,500 sq m of space, including a fifth-floor roof terrace. Its health-and-wellbeing design features include abundant natural light, fresh air, specially filtered drinking water, healthy eating options, indoor planting, noise reduction measures and a layout aimed at encouraging movement around the workplace.
TP Bennett principal director David Blair said achieving the WELL Standard certification set a precedent for future office design.
“Staff wellbeing and productivity are at the heart of our design concept and the most up to date research has informed our design at every stage, resulting in a workspace that is open, connected and flexible, for the modern occupier,” he said.
“The new premises are elegant and contemporary, while using materials that reflect the history of the area, complementing the adjacent rail station and listed church building.
“It makes a strong contribution to the regeneration of Slough, which is a growing hub of commercial activity.”