Strategic thinking, keeping what could be salvaged, unpicking what could not, and adding what was necessary, helped win this refurbished office building a London South East RIBA Regional Award
Hopkins Architects for British Land
Contract value: Confidential
This refurbishment transforms a 1980s office building with deep floor plates into a high-quality, flexible commercial building fit for the 21st century. Its approach to reuse demonstrates clear strategic thinking, keeping what could be salvaged, unpicking what could not, and adding what was necessary.
The design retains the foundations and much of the original steelwork, and adds three new office floors with extensive terraces. The cores have been moved to create a new elliptical atrium at the building’s heart. A sinuous glazed facade has replaced the original cladding. The building achieves a BREEAM Outstanding rating and is British Land’s first net zero carbon development. Client and design team evidently worked together very closely, adjusting the brief along the way to produce the best outcome. This is a truly impressive project.
London South East RIBA Client of the Year Award 2022