In the News: Floating Meeting Room Unveiled at Arlington Business Park

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The floating pavilion at Arlington Business Park at Theale has been unveiled offering a stunning new venue for occupiers’ meetings.
The venue, housed on the lake – the only development of its kind on a UK business park – is part of an extensive upgrading programme by Patron Capital and asset manager APAM to improve amenities and the environment.
The new feature, designed by tp bennett architects, has four columns supporting an anodised aluminium roof. Its ‘over-sailing’ roof offers a sense of enclosure and shelter while allowing 360-degree views across the lake through floor to ceiling glazing.
It is the latest in a series of improvements at Arlington which, so far, includes lakeside lounge café and gym, bookable meeting rooms, office building extensions and refurbishments and extensive enhancement of the landscaping and public realm.
More than 12 new occupiers have signed up since the upgrade programme began and many more are in discussions to move there.
Neil Sterling, director at tp bennett said: “Traditional business parks are sometimes criticised for being places that lack the intensity and connectivity of town centre locations.
“At Arlington Business Park, we are working with Patron Capital and APAM to change that perception. We have transformed the park in an inventive and creative way, using carefully considered design to deliver a vibrant out-of-town destination for large occupiers, SMEs and tech start-ups.
“The end result is a business park that meets the needs of contemporary occupiers, with clever design offering high quality architecture, stand-out amenities as well as working environments that encourage interaction and collaboration.”
Ben Dickins, asset manager at APAM said: “The transformation of Arlington Business Park is progressing very well and to complete the country’s first floating pavilion on a business park boasting such dynamic facilities, we believe offers businesses a remarkable work life environment.
“Occupiers’ workspace demands and priorities are constantly changing and the business park is meeting these, offering state-of-the-art spaces to work, relax and play.”
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