MBNA Europe HQ, Chester
MBNA is the world’s largest independent credit card lender. In the UK alone, it serves over seven million customers. For over ten years, Dyer provided the company with new-build, refurbishment and masterplanning services throughout Europe. The Lakeside Land Masterplan is the cornerstone of this work, establishing the vision for a large greenfield headquarters for upwards of 4,000 UK staff.
The masterplan sets out over 115,000m2 of prime office accommodation in an attractively landscaped setting. It incorporates four main linked buildings, a highly secure processing facility and a number of stand-alone properties (including refurbishments). It has been designed with extreme sensitivity to the natural habitat of several protected species, which it enhances through the creation of a new wetland nature reserve and other environmental features.
MBNA has consistently been voted ‘Best Workplace in Europe’ by the Great Place to Work® Institute. As well as high quality open-plan and cellular office space, the masterplan includes a training centre, staff restaurant and leisure centre. It gives over 12 acres of parkland to outdoor sports pitches and a trim trail and provides extensive surface and decked carparking, as well as goods yards.