Brook Drive

154 Brook Drive, Abingdon

Milton Park is one of Europe’s largest business communities offering a variety of contemporary workspaces. They needed a cost-efficient scheme to adapt this old warehouse into a variety of self-contained units. And to make them suitable for laboratories, offices or production spaces, adaptability was vital.


As with all SRA projects, we tried to find the most cost-effective approach with minimum use of resources. We quickly established that, with minor repairs, the steel frame and concrete floor could be reused.

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Having stripped the building back, we added elegant rendered block walls bordered with a high level continuous strip of polycarbonate glazing. New roof lights maximised natural daylight. We also left ‘soft areas’ so that specialised tenants could install their own extraction equipment. With a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ it’s a great example of how old premises can cost-effectively be made as good as new builds.