TJX office campus in Watford gets green light
27th July 2017
Sheppard Robson, with its interior design group ID:SR Sheppard Robson, has been granted planning permission from Watford Borough Council for a new gateway office building opposite Watford Junction station as well as series of refurbishments to create over 25,000m² of office space.
The new European Headquarters office, which is part of the new urban campus for retailer TJX, the parent company for brands such as TK Maxx and HomeSense, will sit directly opposite Watford Junction Transport Hub, creating a new ‘front door’ to the town centre as well as being a marker for the area’s ambitious regeneration plans, which include a new mixed use neighbourhood.
The focal point for the development is a new 15,000m² building that appears as a series of interlocking glass volumes, which sits next to two existing buildings that will be refurbished. The highest part of the new structure faces the train station’s entrance, with the impact of the building heightened by indentations into the plan, with these ‘hinges’ creating an irregular, multifaceted form.
Dan Burr, partner at Sheppard Robson, said: “The merging of architecture, interior design and workplace strategy has allowed us to create a tailored, yet adaptable, solution that fits the specific requirements of the client.
“The building is a statement of intent, not just for TJX’s drive to retain and attract the best talent but also for the area, which looks to reinforce its position as one of London’s suburban capitals.”