Entrance to the building is at ground floor level, where visitors and staff can enjoy views to the central atrium and to Balfe Street (through the glazed feature stair core). This level comprises meeting and member’s room space, and a large cafe. Large feature windows along Caledonian Road give a glimpse of the internal activities of the Institute and help activate the public realm.
The Basement Level is predominantly an exhibition and conference space and the design allows a number of configurations to cater for a plethora of different events. There will be a large, plant display for all to enjoy and a services zone for bikes, showers and storage.
The first and second floors comprise open plan office spaces and private meeting rooms, which can be accessed from the main floor lobby. The third floor predominantly consists of meeting rooms (1-5) which will have flexible walls allowing for different configurations to suit various events that may occur at this level. Terrace space is located facing Caledonian Road and Balfe Street which can be accessed directly from the meeting rooms.
With optimal energy and sustainability performance both during construction and over its lifetime, the new building will be an exemplar of sustainable design, including the use of bore hole cooling piles, cooled concrete exposed floor slabs, natural ventilation systems, and rainwater harvesting with blue and green roofs. The Institute will closely monitor all new cutting edge technology in order to push the boundaries of sustainable design.