The way in which we all work has evolved at a rapid pace in the past three years, calling for a rethink of the purpose of the office. For many, the office will continue to perform an important function for their organisation whether it is to collaborate, develop skills, attract new talent or create a culture, to list just a few.
The occupier trends that are starting to form are based around ‘less is more’ and ‘quality over quantity’, as occupiers seek to consolidate into higher-quality workspaces that are flexible for modern ways of working.
The Avebury is a prime Central Milton Keynes office building which has been designed with occupiers in mind, to provide the highest quality and sustainable workspace. Purchased by clients of Mayfair Capital in 2019, The Avebury is currently undergoing a multi-million back-to-frame refurbishment that will deliver much needed Grade A office space in CMK.
The building will create an inspiring environment which will attract businesses with its contemporary interior design and high-quality finishes, whilst being easily accessible in short walking distance to the station and retail amenities.
Enhanced occupier wellbeing is central to the design principles of the refurbishment and the building will benefit from a communal roof terrace, remodelled reception and entrance, communal tenant break-out area, 30 secure bicycle spaces, unisex showers on all floors and new full height glazing maximising natural light.
The specification will make the building ready for the future with all new VRF air conditioning, EV charging points, new lifts, new raised floors, new PIR controlled LED lighting and fully DDA compliant.
The UK’s built environment is responsible for approximately 25% of the UK’s greenhouse emissions. As the focus heightens on the importance of climate issues, The Avebury has targeted high environmental performance with target BREEAM Excellent and EPC A ratings. In comparison with a new-build project, the refurbishment of The Avebury also achieves embodied carbon savings.
A range of spaces for occupiers large and small will be available to let from 30 desks all the way up to 32,000 square feet. The floor plates provide excellent natural light and the efficient configuration offers flexibility for fitting out into a mixture of collaboration areas, break out spaces, meeting rooms and open plan offices.
Tom Harker, Director, Office Advisory at Lambert Smith Hampton, said: “The supply dynamic of Grade A office space in MK is very limited, standing at just 12% of available stock. The Avebury will provide a much-needed boost that will help attract the best occupiers and we are all excited to see the finished scheme.”
Completion of the refurbishment is anticipated by late Q1 2023.