The property is on a constrained site, in a conservation area and is locally listed. Due to planning constraints and protected views, there were strict restrictions on any proposed height increases. The new extensions and increased massing were sensitively designed to respect this, securing the necessary permissions whilst delivering the NIA uplift required for viability.
The interior of the building was substantially reconfigured to provide a new centralised fire-fighting core and the refurbishment of 4 retained cores. Structural interventions included additional storey extensions, reframing of existing mansards and the strengthening of the original 1930’s steel structure.
The building, together with the 2 neighbouring properties 38 and 50 Finsbury Square, had been ‘linked’ by Bloomberg during their occupation of all 3 properties. As part of the redevelopment works complex structural separation works were carried out and the original boundaries between the 2 buildings reinstated.
The design focuses on the retention and adaption of as much of the existing structure as possible. The works carried out has extended the lifespan of the existing building and readied it for current and future needs of a modern workplace. The project achieved Net Zero in Construction.
We were involved from the early design stages through to completion, providing a consistent management thread throughout the life of the project. A phased procurement strategy was adopted with an initial Enabling Works contract being let prior to site handover to the Main Contractor. Our management of both contracts giving a continuity of knowledge between phases and an intrinsic understanding of the complexities of the existing building. Following completion of the Client Shell & Core Works we were appointed as Landlord Representative to monitor Tenant Fit-Out Works.
The project was shortlisted for a 2022 BCO Award in the Refurbished/Recycled Workplace category and has also been shortlisted for a 2022 NLA Award in the Retrofit category.