Canon UK Headquarters

David Richmond + Partners, Surrey, 1999


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The ground floor of each of the office blocks is formed as a colonnade of square brick piers 

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  • The ground floor of each of the office blocks is formed as a colonnade of square brick piers    
  • The waterfall by the cubic stone-clad reception block - the language of water and boulders is repeated at various points around the site    
  • External view    
  • The reception area    
  • The generous provision of escape stairs meant that the atria at Canon    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section    
  • Sketch    
  • Roof and lantern detail    
  • Colonnade detail    

Energy efficient office space set around a series of courtyards in the mature landscaped grounds of an 18th century country house

The building has been designed to have a very low energy consumption. It is naturally ventilated and passively cooled at night with automatically opening windows controlled by the BMS system. Maximum use is made of daylight whilst the harmful effects of solar gain are minimised by careful orientation and use of the brise-soleil to create shade.

The offices are largely open plan to aid natural cross ventilation and the roof is covered in thin film photo-voltaic panels, at the time of construction one of the largest installations in Europe.


  • Begun: Dec 1997
  • Completed: Nov 1999
  • Floor area: 11,068m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £1.7M
  • Tender date: 1995
  • Procurement: Two stage competitive tender based on JCT 80
  • Address: Woodhatch, Cockshot Hill, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8BF, United Kingdom

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