Heelis, The National Trust HQ

Completed whilst working at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Matt Vaudin was the Project Architect for this building project.

This highly sustainable workplace demonstrates innovative and replicable strategies that set a new standard for green commercial offices. The two-storey, deep-plan building has been designed to provide an exemplary working environment and to minimise energy usage, with the opportunity of approaching zero CO2 production in operation.

The new headquarters brings together a workforce previously dispersed over four locations. The building can accommodate up to 485 staff in 76,500 square feet of office space on a brownfield site at Churchward, adding impetus to the development of this historic industrial core of Swindon. This was the heart of Brunel’s Great Western Railway complex, the largest railway works in Britain at the end of the 19th century; the form of the new building is clearly reminiscent of the adjacent 19th century engine sheds.


The Fasso Bortola International Sustainability Prize 2008
Building Performance Award 2008
The Sustainability Awards: Sustainable Building of the Year 2007
Civic Trust Special Award for Sustainability 2007
Civic Trust Award 2007
RIBA Sustainability Award 2006
RIBA Award 2006
British Construction Industry Awards: Building Award 2006
British Council for Offices Awards: Innovation Award 2006
Brick Development Association Awards: Best Commercial Building 2005
International FX Interior Design Awards: Best Medium/Large Office Building 2005 BREEAM Excellent 2005

Small Project Architect of the Year 2016

RIBA National Award Winner 2015