The new British Embassy in Berlin by Michael Wilford and Partners is due for completion this spring. The main facade onto Wilhelmstrasse is a 22m high stone plane across the full width of the site. A combined vehicle and pedestrian gateway leads to the entrance court, which is planted with a giant oak - a symbolic link with Britain. On ceremonial occasions visitors will be escorted up the grand staircase to the Wintergarden on the piano nobile level. Bathed in sunshine from circular rooflights and with generous windows overlooking the entrance court, the Wintergarden is the internal focus of the embassy. The 8910m2 building also includes 3549m2 of office space, 310m2 of staff facilities, including dining areas, and 222m2 of conference space. Concept design was carried out by Wilford's working with Schal International as project manager, Whitby and Bird as engineer, and Hanscomb as quantity surveyor. The building was executed by Wilford's working with a German team. The embassy's official opening will be on 18 July.