- 1yr 2mths
- RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS
PlanetThe project achieved the desired BREEAM Excellent accreditation, with an Energy Performance Certificate ‘B’ rating. The building’s CO2 emissions were reduced by 60 per cent, saving 222 tonnes of CO2 each year and cutting energy costs. The team achieved this through installing several energy efficient upgrades. These included new lifts and lighting systems controlled by a Building Management System (BMS), high performance glazing and building fabric insulation, efficient air source heat pumps and a new air conditioning system to provide more accurate control. These facilities are complemented by a full energy metering strategy to allow for future flexibility.
The existing structure was built in the mid-1980s as a steel framed office behind the listed façades. Creating the additional fifth floor and infilling the atrium posed a challenge, as additional loads had to be transferred through the existing structure without disrupting the building’s two tenants. The solution was to hang the load from the lightwell infill and new façade from cantilevering trusses and beams, supported on the main core. The extension only required one transfer beam.
The project was undertaken in Covent Garden, London, located on a busy inner city street with two retail tenants remaining in-situ throughout.
“We are delighted with the way we have successfully transformed a tired, outdated building into a modern, prime work pace which hides behind the two historic façades and the overhauled Agar Street frontage. The design and delivery of the building has given Legal & General a fantastic product to let and we are very proud of its addition to our portfolio.”Simon Wilkes
Head of Business Space Development, Legal & General Property
BREEAM Excellent rating