When CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International) needed a new home to replace the old school building they had been in for 33 years they turned to international design practice Scott Brownrigg.
The challenge was to design an energy efficient, purpose-built headquarters for the not-for-profit organisation that was in keeping with their values of protecting the environment and enhancing bio-diversity, provided a workplace for up to 180 members of staff and was an impressive local landmark.
GEZE’s automatic doors provided the perfect solution for the building. A GEZE Slimdrive SCR automatic curved sliding door was chosen to provide a light and airy all-glass lobby entrance which blends seamlessly into the facade. The circular entrance features two sets of automatic bi-parting curved glass sliding doors, creating a lobby that minimises heat loss or gain and so helps to contribute to the building’s environmental credentials.
In addition, the Slimdrive SCR combines high performance with unobtrusive operation – the drives are just 7cm in height and very discreet. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in keeping with CABI’s values the building is topped with a living roof designed to attract insects and birds and enhance bio-diversity. The CABI headquarters were shortlisted for the ArchDaily Building of the Year 2021 Awards.