Internet giant tombola's new £5million headquarters will put the opposition in the shade.
The online gaming company’s new high-tech Sunderland headquarters will be built using the latest biophilic techniques - incorporating nature and natural elements into the design - and will be using the most advanced glass in the commercial building industry.
CEO Phil Cronin said: "As a leading tech company it has been important to us to design a high spec and technologically-advanced building to provide the best possible working environment for all our employees.
"Recruitment is currently a key driver of our ambitious growth strategy and in line with our 20:20 strategy to double our turnover and our workforce over five years."
Senior Architect and design lead from Ryder Architecture Paul Milner explained: "Our brief was to provide the best possible working environment for employees and to maximise the stunning views to the River Wear and port beyond."
Research shows people with views and a connection to the outdoors have a 10-25% better mental function and memory, and in an office environment, those with access to natural daylight are 18% more productive.
"As the high-spec design evolved, it was agreed that the striking trio of roof pitches and feature glazed east elevation should not to be diluted with any internal and external shading
systems," said Paul.
"After extensive research, we discovered SageGlass (a product of Saint-Gobain), which met all our ambitions for the building from an aesthetic and biophilic perspective - as well as offering significant performance benefits in terms of energy use and comfort.
"The glass itself is a dynamic and intelligent electrochromic glass that tints in response to the sun's path. There are four states of transparency, and in its darkest state when viewed externally the east elevation will dramatically reflect the new landscaped campus and existing Grade II listed Rose Line building, tombola’s current office."
With virtually all of tombola’s staff working at a monitor or screen, reducing glare is essential. With SageGlass, personal settings can be programmed centrally by tombola enabling them to control the working environment by letting in as much or as little visible light and heat as desired, while minimising glare.
"Tombola has a deep connection with the city of Sunderland and allowing team members to remain connected to the lifeblood of the city, even when inside the building, was extremely important to them during the design process,” said SageGlass CEO Alan McLenaghan.
"SageGlass will enable tombola to utilize their workspace effectively and ensures there is a connection to the city and the River Wear at all times of the day, no matter the season.
"The tombola team sought out the newest building and energy technologies whenever possible – we are happy that SageGlass compliments their approach so nicely.”