Santander’s new UK HQ and Technology Hub

Unity Place, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

A ground-breaking purpose-built workplace for Santander. A fit-for purpose hub, designed specifically with Santander’s specialist tech personnel in mind, which will now become the Bank’s new UK HQ.

State-of-the-art and built for purpose, Osborne+Co will provide Santander with a tech hub that’s been built with people in mind from the very beginning, employing the very latest thinking in workplace design collaboration space, and health and wellbeing.

A fit for purpose space for up to 6,500 employees means Santander can truly optimise and centralise their tech operation, simultaneously increasing productivity and staff well-being with the best possible work environment. The building design has already become Santander’s new global benchmark for excellence in its future buildings.

Project summary

GDV: £180m

Sector or building type: UK HQ and Technology Hub

Total sq footage: 500,000 ft2

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Health and wellbeing benefits

Occupant wellbeing is integral through the design of building, provision of facilities and integration into the community – for staff and wider public: 

  • Naturally lit workspace with a range of workplace and collaboration settings to foster innovation while catering for neurodiversity
  • A range of external amenity spaces throughout the building provide breakout and collaboration space for employees, including rooftop running track, garden bridges and social terraces 
  • Onsite health and fitness facilities
  • Onsite healthy food offerings
  • Smart building technology to monitor occupancy and building use

Green credentials LEED BREEAM

The building strives for environmental excellence in terms of design, construction and building operations:

  • BREEAM Very Good rating
  • Carbon neutral (with carbon offsetting scheme) supported by a range of renewable energy systems
  • Increased biodiversity to an urban area with a range of plantings throughout the building
  • The entire Ground Floor and First floor will be dedicated to Financial and broader industry innovation space through the delivery of co-working space and an accelerator programme managed by a best-in-class operator, jointly selected and delivered by Santander and Osborne+Co
  • The concept is to create a space that encourages interactions between the Bank’s employees, bank customers, local businesses and other SMEs and creates a focus hub in Milton Keynes and the wider micro-region for innovation and collaboration.

Social value projects as part of the development

Unity Place has a strong purpose to contribute to and support the local economy by tackling challenges to sustainable small business growth and by supporting the community through local job creation and education:

  • Public access and community functions on the ground floor of the building
  • Community management programme for use of facilities
  • Incubator space for local businesses and start-ups
  • Programmes to support education and employment with links to a new university

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