Located just off Southwark Bridge on the lively South Bank, this impressive building has undergone an extensive refurbishment. With it’s striking new façade and additional height, the building brings people together with a variety of event and celebration spaces, along with workspace for agile working.
BDG architecture + design
Originally engaged by the client, prior to appointment of the main contractor, we worked under a PCSA to develop the façade detailing, providing cost and buildability certainty, from our extensive delivery experience.
A series of workshops were carried out with our client, the design team and main contractor, and following this, a bespoke unitised system was chosen, with the benefit of offsite manufacture to enable speed of installation onsite.
Spending time with the team early on in the process, enabled us to give the client substantial savings on programme and cost, as well as giving them additional NIA that they wouldn’t have otherwise achieved.
Once the system was chosen, we then moved forward to deliver the full façade envelope.
Our innovative approach involved using architectural fins to the outside of the building to provide the structure for a bespoke unitised system, significantly reducing the cost and build-up of the system. This provided over 100mm of additional NIA to the perimeter of the building and transformed the build approach from an onsite componentised curtain wall system to large modularised off-site panels.
The extensive refurbishment work commenced, including the replacement of the existing granite clad façade with a high-performance brick and glass system. This greatly reduced the weight and enabled the addition of a further storey, without the need to reinforce the existing foundations or structure.
With the 16th Century remains of the only surviving medieval theatre Rose Playhouse, located in the ground floor, the façade to this area was modernized, to protect and improve the setting for this heritage rich piece of British History.
The new front façade reinforces the street line and the roof extension is carefully sculpted to protect the views of St Pauls Cathedral. A new rooftop terrace, accessed through a full height curved sliding doors and signature circular staircase offers spectacular views across the capital.
The remodelled 1980’s building stands out on this prominent site and transforms the dull area, where close attention to detail at every step of the way was vital.