Montague House

Rugby, Warwickshire

An award-winning development where Stepnell acquired the site, developed the scheme and continue to act as landlord for this state of the art, energy efficient office building

Completed in 2014, this 1,612m2 purpose built three storey building was designed and constructed to create a new head office for a regional solicitors firm, on a very busy arterial road within Rugby town centre.

The future tenant wanted to bring its three local offices together under one roof. Stepnell therefore acquired the site and developed the scheme. We understood that the building had an immediate need to house 100 members of staff, but also needed to be ‘future proofed’ to consider possible future expansion plans. With the ever increasing cost of energy, the tenant also aspired for the building to have low operating costs and low maintenance requirements.

Additionally, as the site was in a conservation area, the design of the building needed to be sympathetic to its neighbours in order to achieve Planning Approval.

The building utilises an open plan flexible design with break out rooms and individual meeting rooms for clients. Its structure was designed in such a way that it would easily facilitate future extensions, and by incorporating a data and power distribution network, it had the capacity to expand.

With sustainability at the forefront of our solution, the naturally ventilated, heavy mass building incorporates features designed to reduce overheating without the necessity for air conditioning, including thermally-controlled motorised louvres to dissipate warm air at night. Aspects that will get the most sun during the summer utilise Brise Soleil. Photovoltaic panels have been installed on the roof that are expected to generate up to 6,554 kWh per year, which is enough electricity to power 100 desktop PCs for around six months.

The building is secure and conveys a sense of professionalism. Over 100 of the tenant’s staff have finally been able to come together under one roof with all operations consolidated into this purpose built development.