This mixed-use retail and office scheme involves the refurbishment of the building, including part demolition and removal of the existing top floor and Dering Street wing. This wing will then be reconstructed, with two floors on top of the building. Three retail units will also be created on the ground and first floors.
Designed by Orms, the scheme will provide a total office area of 31,000 sq ft NIA with floorplates ranging from 3,000 to 6,500 sq ft NIA together with a 1,100 sq ft large communal roof terrace. The office entrance will be repositioned on to Dering Street with a dedicated, spacious reception area.
The scheme is targeting BREEAM ‘Excellent’ with ambitions of achieving ‘Outstanding’. It is also aiming for WELL ‘Platinum Ready’ and Wired & Smart Score ‘Platinum’.
Refurbishing instead of redeveloping the building will save c800kgs of CO2 per m², underlined by a commitment to offset the next 30 years of operational carbon. Its environmental features include the minimising of embodied carbon through use of low carbon materials and refurbished floor tiles, while carbon modelling software will establish the best materials and fabric build-ups to reduce embodied carbon.