Operational strategy

Operations strategy is the total pattern of decisions which shape the long-term capabilities of the building.

In essence, this section focuses on the day to day running of the building by:

  •  The users
  •  The workers
  •  The events
  •  The deliveries
  •  The services

In terms of operational strategy certain decisions have been made to ensure that the demands of these distinct categories are addressed and secured within the planned envelope of the building.

The key strategy taken is zoning the building to allow the maximum transparency and use.

In this regard, the geometry of the plan takes a key role. The public and workers areas are not visually segregated, the floor plates are maintained open, the plan allowing distinct pockets to be formed at key intersections. The contractions of the plan allow glazed screens, sometimes fire-rated, to be placed strategically; providing secure zones while allowing a visual connection through and between. The continuity of materials maintains the singular identity of the building, connecting the disparate programmes.

The plas and sections operate by combining, stacking and linking sometimes visually, sometimes physically, the separate facilities of the brief. This strategy is intended to enrich the built experience, and the measure of collaborative and cooperative work possible within its envelope. Generous landings on the main stairs are provided with couches and slump spaces to interrupt the circulation creating places for informal meetings and surprising interjections.

The events and activities occurring in the building are split between the various floors, an operational strategy taken to provide lively interludes throughout the plan. The events space is located in the basement, its box-in box structure allowing work in the rest of the building to progress uninterrupted by any gig taking place.

This decision informs the long term capabilities of the building, allowing distinct programmes to occupy preformed nuggets of the plan. The geometry and materials act as both separate and connect any programme which occupies a particular space in its mass.

The deliveries and servicing of the building are located to be easily accessible and neatly integrated. The service delivery areas are passively monitored by other key aspects of the building, the pub overlooks the entry to the service yard, the plant access by the reception.


Operational strategy