Office Building, Knowle Green

Nicholas Hare Architects' first major office project was for property developers Stanhope. 

Facing the borough council offices in Staines, it replaced a 1960s block with a four-storey glass and steel office building, incorporating an early example of a large top-lit 'U'-shaped atrium to provide the social focus for the building.

"The solution is a strong one, uncompromising in its directness, leaving the original character intact while providing, as a separate entity, the screening requirements of the local authorities."

"A victory for ingenuity and common sense."

Architecture Today