The project involved the restoration and repair of an existing building, the creation of new public gardens and, wonderfully, the clearing away of car parking from the entrance front producing a new civic space for Salisbury.
The architectural strength of the new work has the boldness to compete gently with the existing structure in a manner that enhances the qualities of both new and old. Material and constructional considerations have been meticulous. Most evident are the tactile stone-clad freestanding columns acting as fins to shade the seamless glazed facade from overheating and producing a single elegant planar surface and an unexpected and dramatic scale. Even though much that is accommodated is technically private, back office functions - this is a truly civic building.