About PRA

The story of PRA Health Sciences would naturally talk about how they've become one of the world's largest CROs. It would talk about their innovation and growth and would speak to their operational efficiencies and transparency. It would highlight their expertise and customization. And it would touch on the incredible differences they've made, over our more than 30 years, in helping to bring to market everything from niche treatments and therapies to blockbuster drugs. More than anything else, their story would be about people. Not only our over 13,000 employees operating in more than 80 countries, though they'd certainly be a big part of it, but also the people that inspire them. The heroes of any PRA Health Sciences story are the clients they serve and the people whose lives they help improve, all over the world.

The Brief

PRA International, a leading international pharmaceutical research company were moving a short distance to their brand new 43,000 sq ft Headquarters building situated on Reading's prestigious Green Park. We secured the contract to design and build their new office facilities.

The Solution

An elliptical central office and meeting room area, known as the 'Eye' was featured on all four of the floors; providing formal and informal meeting space and offices. Each of the meeting rooms is linked to a room management system to ensure there are no double bookings! The glass partitions were formed of double glazed units, using a combination of10mm & 12mm full height glass with a bespoke design manifestation applied. The main meeting and conference rooms have been equipped with the latest audio visual solutions that will provide seamless connections with their other offices around the world. The Building Management System was upgraded and this now automatically takes care of the heating and cooling of the building. A fully equipped commercial kitchen and breakout / canteen area was formed on the ground floor to cater for staff and visitors alike, whilst each floor was fitted with a spacious tea-point each with an informal seating area. The open plan office areas have been fitted with walnut finish furniture, including bespoke designed pedestals to accept laptops that are used by many of the staff. Plenty of storage was included; In fact there are nearly 200 full height storage units to take care of their requirements.

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