LOM’s new UK headquarters for Santander, Unity Place, has been shortlisted for the ‘Office – Future Project’ award 2021 by the World Architecture Festival (WAF).
Unity Place is a landmark £150m, 44,000 sqm workplace campus in the business district of central Milton Keynes. When it opens in 2023, it will become the new UK headquarters of Santander – serving as a hub that will bring together over ten thousand employees to meet and collaborate. It is a design for the future that is also certified BREEAM ‘Excellent’ for environmental performance.
The eight-storey building represents a paradigm shift in how a corporate headquarters is designed – creating a structure which inspires community by integrating public space and third party retail space into the fabric of the design.
Above and beyond its plentiful employee amenities – including a rooftop bar and running track, garden terrace, restaurant, and a health and fitness centre – the building integrates publicly accessible retail outlets, an urban market, community hall and conference and events centre. This invites the wider community to use and enjoy the space as much as Santander’s employees. More than an office, it is an urban economic ecosystem powered by Santander – providing the opportunity for other businesses to grow and thrive in symbiosis.