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JRA completes Bush House overhaul

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John Robertson Architects has completed the overhaul of the grade II-listed Bush House in west London

The huge 41,800m² Aldwych Quarter project revamped four buildings including the former home of the BBC World Service – Bush House.

The scheme contains 27,870m² of Cat A office accommodation.

The buildings’ facades were conserved and restored, while the cores of both Stand House and Melbourne House were rearranged.

John Robertson, principal director of John Robertson Architects, said: ‘Aldwych Quarter is a survivor from an age of grandeur and dignity – Bush House was the most expensive building in the world when it opened as a centre for transatlantic trade in the 1920s. Our refurbishment restores this unique heritage and has created a high quality office space ready for the demands of 21st century occupiers.

‘Aldwych is ideally positioned between the City and the West End. The established cultural, retail and entertainment attractions of Covent Garden and the South Bank are on its doorstep, as is the emerging dynamism of Midtown and Northbank. Our newly completed refurbishment will become an economic anchor for the area, providing occupiers with market-leading accommodation and facilities in this prime central location.’

Project data

Location Aldwych, London
Type of project office refurbishment
Client JLL on behalf of Kato Kagaku
Architect John Robertson Architects
Main contractor ISG
Structural engineer AKT II
M&E consultant Hilson Moran
Quantity surveyor JLL
Planning supervisor JLL
Gross internal floor area 41,800m² over four buildings
Specific environmental targets Three of the four buildings have achieved BREEAM Excellent. The fourth is BREEAM Very Good

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