┬ú2m Refurbishment Creates Sustainable Office Space in Dorking
An extensive refurbishment programme has created an efficient and stimulating business environment
The property in Dorking, which is advertised on the officebroker.com website, was first opened in 2005 but then went through a full refurbishment and redevelopment programme.
As David Prior, Manager of The Atrium Business Centre comments, the results have been hugely beneficial to clients for a number of reasons.
“One of the first things we did was to bring in the Carbon Trust to carry out a site survey,” said David. “Following the results of the report, we have made use of as many green solutions as possible.
“All lighting within the centre was stripped out and replaced with low energy options. The air-conditioning was updated to the latest and most efficient Daiken units, and we offer a free paper waste recycling service which we are also about to extend to cover all waste streams. So by 2011 The Atrium will have a 100% recycling service that is fully inclusive with each office.”
Rather than standing still, the centre is constantly moving forward and aims to provide an efficient environment for clients, both in a sustainable and business sense.
“We are always looking at ways to reduce our carbon foot print, and our latest improvement was an installation earlier this year of a ┬ú28K unit called PowerPerfector,” says David. This is a piece of static equipment that helps to regulate the property’s power usage, and has so far helped to reduce electricity consumption by up to 14%.
David adds: “As well as making on-going improvements to our energy performance and waste management systems, we also continually update all our products and services where we can.”
The business centre in Dorking
The last few months have seen technology upgrades such as a 20MB Ethernet internet connection for clients – the “latest and fastest” connection that is included with no set-up fees, and at a low cost to clients.
“We have also just installed an IP and ISDN Polycom video conferencing unit into our boardrooms, allowing our clients to make video conferencing calls,” David adds. Other additions include the installation of electric projection screens, projectors and audio facilities – “so our boardroom facilities are top rate.”
Physical facilities aside, the design and layout of the centre is actively encouraging clients to network and generate new business together.
“We built it leaving large communal areas available to our clients so they have a comfortable and professional environment,” says David. “We have found that by encouraging the interaction of our clients by way of the design of the space, that companies have found their businesses to be more productive.”
There is a double-height glass atrium that attracts plenty of natural daylight and is used as a natural break out and lounge area. Several clients have reported on the benefits of the building design, which even includes staff retention.
“It seems to energize our clients,” says David. “It has been designed to provide our clients with a building that offers great facilities and service with transparent and cost effective tariffs, and a large number of companies have expressed direct benefits from working relationships between companies here.”
A spokesperson from James Harmen Accountants, who have been tenants at the centre for five years, gave several reasons for their long-term residence.
“The facilities such as the cafe and garden are extremely user friendly and not the sort of facilities you would expect from a building of this size,” said a spokesperson, adding: “We have recommended the building to three or four clients and contacts that have all become tenants and enjoyed their stay in the building.”
The NHS South East Coast Collaborative Procurement Hub (SECCPH) have been tenants at the centre for three years.
Many communal areas have been created as a result of refurbishment works
Marketing & Information Manager Eleanor Wells commented:
“Our staff work in comfortable offices that are well furnished and brightly lit, thanks to lots of natural daylight, and we all enjoy using the shared space in the centre of the building. The sofas in this area are great for relaxing with a good book at lunchtime and also for informal meetings.”
Along with a natural design that encourages clients to mingle, the centre also add their own boost by organising regular networking events and functions such as Christmas parties, where businesses from the local area are also invited.
Commenting on the supportive and business-friendly environment at the centre, David said:
“I know this is a fundamental idea and is one of the main benefits of a serviced office. However from practical experience this does not always translate. At The Atrium it really does happen, and it works, because the ethos of the property encourages it more than most.”
Find out more about this Dorking business centre online at officebroker.com.