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Matrix House, Basingstoke: Case Study

“Ambius’ technician strength and knowledge has proved invaluable in maintaining the site to a high standard”.
Graham Savage, Building’s Facility Manager

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Basingstoke is North Hampshire’s principal strategic commercial centre and has been transformed over the years. It is now represented by numerous national and international companies, underpinning its strength as an excellent commercial location. One of the most distinctive buildings is Matrix House, occupying one of the most prominent sites on Basing View business area, a few hundred yards from the Festival Place Shopping Centre.

The office space is arranged around a striking enclosed atrium facility, with two office blocks forming an L-shaped structure, where floors are connected by glass clad link bridges which overlook a stunning atrium. The atrium itself incorporates the street area available for communal break out purposes, together with a restaurant, gymnasium, conference facilities and meeting rooms. The office areas are principally open plan in design, but easily partitioned without compromising natural light or air-conditioning. On-site parking is provided in two decks of basement parking beneath the building and in a separate, two tiered car park adjacent.

Graham Savage, the Building’s Facility Manager commented “the partnership with Ambius has been long-standing and taken many different forms through the Rentokil to Ambius company changes. Acuity and Ambius have a good relationship which works on many different levels. Ambius’ technician strength and knowledge has proved invaluable in maintaining the site to a high standard”.

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Ambius, formerly Rentokil Tropical Plants have provided the interior landscaping since 1988. There are plant displays on all levels, but the matched set of 16 large Ficus nitida trees forming an avenue in the main atrium is the main focal point. The interior landscaping here has won several awards since it was first installed over 21 years ago.

As with many buildings, tenants’ needs are changing. One of the many benefits to the landscaping services provided is to provide extremely high corporate looking facilities enticing many new companies into the area. Surrounding the quiet open plan meeting areas which benefit from a large scale water feature on the ground floor, we have placed custom made containers for the large ficus trees, along with specimen planting at waist high level; this ensures maximum impact from every angle.

The plants help to reduce the noise levels within the building and undoubtedly assist with the climate within the space. Much natural light is provided from above ensuring the trees are kept at their best, along with regular maintenance from Ambius trained and fully qualified experts.

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