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New Brook Buildings, Central London by John Robertson Architects

[Drawings + project data] New Brook Buildings is the transformation of a grim post-war building into an elegant, vibrant and modern office development fit for the 21st century

The project, for Henderson Central London Office Fund, creates 8,600m² of Grade A office.

The building facade was remodelled with new cladding that replaces the brick spandrels, maximising natural light and giving views across the city. Projecting bays animate the tower facade.

The more efficient building envelope reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 150,000kg per year. The entrance was relocated to provide level access and an appropriate street presence for the completed building. Festus Moffat, director, John Robertson Architects

Project data

Start on site 10 December 2007
Contract duration 89 weeks
Gross internal floor area 8,600m² of flexible Grade A office space
Form of procurement Design and build
Total cost £29,770,000
Client Henderson Global Investors
Architect John Robertson Architects
Structural engineer WSP Cantor Seinuk
M&E consultant WSP Buildings
Quantity surveyor Rider Hunt
External Lighting Consultant GIA Equation
Project manager GVA Second London Wall
Main contractor Skanska Building
CDM coordinator PCM Safety
Approved building inspector Camden Building Control
Estimated annual energy use 188 kWh/m²

Selected products

Unitised aluminium-framed thermally broken glazing system Schüco Skyline S65
www.schueco.com

Lifts
3 Kone, 15 person, 2.0m/s, machine room-less lifts in existing lift shafts
1 Kone, 15 person, 2.0 m/s cross-corner fire fighting machine room-less lift in existing lift shaft.
1 Kone, 10 person, 1.0m/s machine room-less lift in new extension
www.kone.com

Raised-access floor
Floorplan Systems, 23mm thick, medium grade, steel/calcium sulphate panel.
www.floorplansystems.co.uk

New metal escape stairs
20mm-thick mild steel flat plate, painted.
Galvanised pan treads with screed infill.

Entrance hall and toilet floor finishes
Honed Thala Beige Limestone, 30mm thick

Accommodation stair and lift lobby floor finishes
Bonar Floors ‘Tessera Helix’ carpet tile, with aluminium nosing with black rubber insert.
www.forbo-flooring.co.uk

Escape stairs floor finishes
Dalsouple rubber ‘Terrazzo Tile’
www.dalsouple.com

Readers' comments (2)

  • John Kellett

    It would be helpful to see what the original facade detail and appearance was. As it is the building might as well be new, the interest lies in the re-organisation of the plan and facades.

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  • I felt exactly the same as Mr Kellett looking at this article - what was the original building like? A very poor "arty" selection of photos that doesn't convey the story at all!

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  • Many thanks for your comments - these images of the original building have now been added to the above article.

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