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Sheppard Robson completes 22,500sqm office building

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Configured as two parallel wings connected by a central core, the block sits off a new landscaped piazza on London’s Hammersmith Road

Designed by Sheppard Robson and its interior design group ID:SR for clients Legal & General and Mitsubishi Estate, the new building in Hammersmith, London provides 22,500m² of flexible office space and 970m² of retail space. 

The building’s configuration allows it to be stepped back from Hammersmith Road, creating a sequence of new public spaces. A new landscaped piazza at the front of the development leading into ground-floor retail and reception areas. The building features a grand arch with a landscaped staircase and funicular lift, which connects the high street and piazza to a rear podium park, mediating an 8m change of level. This connecting passage provides a new access point from the podium park to the adjacent street. Open and green spaces have been designed throughout the building, which incorporates roof terraces.

245 hammersmith road podium park credit jack hobhouse

245 hammersmith road podium park credit jack hobhouse

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The external envelope of the building is formed of red, angled, anodised aluminium window surrounds, which are intended to complement the architectural language of the adjacent Conservation Area, where terracotta brick is commonplace. Coloured with organic red dye, the angled aluminium panels are tailored to their orientation in order to minimise solar gain.

The interiors by ID:SR are designed at ground level to range from a civic hall-type space to more intimate settings for collaborative working. The use of raw materials – with open-grid metal ceilings and lighting details – melded with hand-crafted furniture are intended to create an atmosphere both familial and industrial: picking up on local Arts and Crafts and industrial heritage. 

In reception, a three-dimensional tapestry artwork, designed by Sheppard Robson architect and artist Patricia de Isidoro, is integrated into the fabric of the building.

245 hammersmith road reception artwork credit jack hobhouse

245 hammersmith road reception artwork credit jack hobhouse

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Reception with artwork ‘Three thousand Threads’ by Patricia de Isidoro

Architects’ view

A dour 1970s block once stood here, behind it, a barren, windswept podium hidden from Hammersmith. The new building creates super-flexible floorspace wrapped in a bold and environmentally responsive, angular red façade that continually and delightfully changes tone, rewarding the gaze from multiple vantage points, including Hammersmith Road, the newly created arrival square, and the revived, elevated podium park.

Lee Bennett, partner, Sheppard Robson

This project was as much about place making as creating an office building. It seeks to address wellbeing at its heart by providing spaces and amenity that each tenant can build on to align with their own occupation strategies. The sequence of external spaces and office reception help to blur the boundaries between public and private, stitching the building into its local neighbourhood.

Mark Kowal, partner, Sheppard Robson

245 Hammersmith Road has been a unique collaborative design exercise across all scales and aspects of the development—from the wider urban context, to the building itself, and down to the artwork within. This wholly interconnected and creative process has manifested in a welcoming and communal space, and in a building of an open nature.

Patricia de Isidoro, associate partner, Sheppard Robson and artist 

Ground floor

Ground floor

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Ground floor plan

Clients’ view

245 Hammersmith Road is much more than just an office building; we have created a destination with modern working and lifestyle trends at the core of our thinking. It sets a new standard for Hammersmith. A standout destination and re-imagined workplace, this flexible and collaborative space is built to inspire and provide the quality and style of workplace modern occupiers are demanding.

Simon Wilkes, head of business space development, Legal & General Property

It is always gratifying to deliver a finished new building, and in 245 Hammersmith Road we have created something that makes a positive contribution to both the local occupier market and the local community.

Yuichiro Shioda, managing director and CEO, Mitsubishi Estate London

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Project Data 

Start on site September 2014
Completion December 2019
Gross internal floor area 32,349m²
Gross (internal + external) floor area 36,382m²
Form of contract Design and Build
Architect Sheppard Robson
Client Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets and Mitsubishi Estate London
Project manager/CDM co-ordinator Potter Raper Partnership
Cost consultant/QS Alinea Consulting
MEP engineer Hoare Lea
Structural engineer WSP Group
Design & build contractor Lendlease
Planning consultant Avison Young
Landscape architects Exterior Architecture
Façade consultant BNP Paribas
Ecology consultant The Ecology Consultant
M&E consultant Hoare Lea
Approved building inspector MLM
CAD software used Revit

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