Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have submitted planning for a 45,000 sq ft office scheme as part of its regeneration programme.

Neon development Basingstoke

An artist’s rendering of the compleed Neon development

The council is promoting the Neon development which will be funded with money from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, but a developer has yet to be assigned to it.

The scheme will replace Norden House, a two-storey office building which was purchased by the council last year for redevelopment.

The five-storey new office development has been designed by BDP Architects to meet BREAM Excellent and EPC A standards and will feature flexible office space. BDP also helped design the wider masterplan for the 65-acre Basing View business park, the council’s £500m regeneration programme for the area.

“There is strong emphasis on the public realm to provide the staff with space to relax outside, which is aligned with the aspiration set within the masterplan for Basing View,” said Akshay Khera, director at BDP. “It also represents a vote of confidence in the area, which should encourage further investment locally.” 

“This announcement marks another boost to Basing View’s resurgence as an office market,” said Councillor John Izett, cabinet member for regeneration and property at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. “It also demonstrates once again the power of the partnership between the council and the LEP in bringing forward new office supply so we can maintain the important pipeline in Basingstoke for growing companies already in the borough and those looking to set up here.”

“As a council that is committed to tackling climate change, I would highlight the objective for Neon of achieving a high green efficiency and sustainability standard,” he added.

The council hopes the building will be available for occupation by mid-2021.

Basingstoke agents BDT and Thames Valley based RARE are acting as letting agents on the scheme.