Gateway House

Arup Associates, Basingstoke, 1976


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View of building facade and roof gardens 

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  • View of building facade and roof gardens    
  • Entrance to the building    
  • Entrance facade    
  • Underground parking and full hieght elevation    
  • View from the topmost terrace showing the stepping down    
  • View from the director    
  • Terraces stepping down the building    
  • Garden terraces stepping down the building    
  • The sunken courtyard is enclosed by the surrounding building    
  • Looking across the courtyard over the lower ground floor pool    
  • Internal view of office space    
  • Internal view of the open plan offices    
  • Existing furniture is covered with ash veneered tops    
  • Director    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Section through external bay    
  • Detailed section    
  • Section    
  • Structural model    
  • Structural model 2    

Brick and aluminium-clad low rise office building featuring south-facing terraces and extensive roof gardens

The main aim of the project was to produce a low cost building offering flexibility of utilisation and internal planning with a combination of open spaces.

The site was a main consideration within the brief. Situated on a south facing slope the building was orientated in this direction to make the most of the views. The sloping site resulted in a low rise building and underground car park.

The structure is made up of 7.5m bays forming a combination of open plan and enclosed office spaces. Most of the buildings structure is revealed on the ceiling in the form of truncated pyramids reducing the floor span and provide a space for ductwork.

The project also provided extensive roof gardens at a series of levels up to the sixth floor, including grass areas, planted beds and semi-mature trees.


  • Begun: Feb 1974
  • Completed: Jul 1976
  • Floor area: 19,078m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £7.1M
  • Tender date: Nov 1973
  • Procurement: Management Form
  • Address: Gateway House, Eastrop Business Estate, Basingstoke, RG21 4QE, United Kingdom

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