Major milestone for weather centre HQ21.02.2024

Having assisted the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) for the past nine years, we are thrilled that the proposed development of their UK HQ within the University of Reading’s Whiteknights campus has been granted planning permission in February 2024.

We have been alongside the ECMWF on their journey towards a modern collaborative work environment for their expanding workforce from business strategy, brief writing, site negotiations through to consultant selection and now – during the design development and delivery by the Government Property Agency (GPA) – in a technical advisory role to the end-user.

This world-leading centre’s 1979 purpose-built facility – originally built for 155 staff – is now bursting at the seams with 360 staff from more than 30 countries. As the building is reaching the end of its useful life and further expansion on the way, we were asked to develop tailor-made workplace practices for this intergovernmental science organisation and help embed the end-user requirements into the evolving design.

Since 2021, our remit was expanded to include their new European office in Bonn, Germany, as well.  This includes the added challenge of achieving a comparable level of quality for the two very different UK and European projects.