The architects' design exploits an unpromising triangular back-land site to provide a striking building with a real sense of place, which plays an important role in providing social and employment opportunities to some deprived neighbourhoods. The architects' sensitive response results in a building that opens up to maximise natural light and passive solar gain, but closes down where noise and height are issues. It has achieved BREEAM excellent, through its appropriate use of sustainable technologies; biomass boiler and solar panels.
The full-height central atrium was not originally part of the brief, but the architects saw not only how it could let in light and aid orientation, but that it would become an important place where tenants could meet. Every depressed neighbourhood should have one of these low-cost buildings.