The 14-storey, 160,000 sq ft building will not only be BREEAM Excellent rated but will also be one of the first in the UK designed to achieve a WELL Standard Certification – making it one of the best working environments for mental health and physical wellbeing.
Using a biophilic design – an innovative way of designing the places in which we live, work and learn – The Spine‘s timber curtain wall system and unique ceramic frit facade, reconnects people with nature, creating a healthier environment that is proven to help productivity.
The ceramic frit facade, complete with 23 million unique voronoi polygons that mimic human skin, wraps the building and reacts to the local environment, reducing glare and noise.
Affectionately named after the striking staircase that runs up the north elevation of the building, The Spine’s lower and upper floors will be occupied by the prestigious Royal College of Physicians, who are opening their new Northern Centre of Excellence in summer 2020, with the remainder of the building available to pre-let to other health, science and education-focused occupiers.
Designing a new building is no easy task. It not only needs to be innovative, iconic and inviting but it also needs to be complementary to its occupiers and environment. That’s why, when it comes to The Spine, we won’t settle for anything less than world-class.
As you enter the building there will be a shared public area, complete with a warm welcome, living wall, café and an informal tiered events space, perfect for seminars and presentations.
To connect the foyer to the dedicated exhibition space at mezzanine level, there will be a spiral staircase, encouraging interaction with the various displays that will focus on public health issues.
The building will also benefit from over 100 bike spaces, showers, a drying room and undercroft parking.
Each of the floors, which are all c. 11,560 sq ft, will have extra high ceilings, advanced air purification, district heating systems and floor-to-ceiling glazing, providing some of the best views of the city centre and waterfront.
Although the top four floors will be home to the RCP, there will be an internal sky garden, complete with high-oxygen producing plants and a fine dining restaurant, which will be available for private hire.