The Challenge:

This 34,000 sq ft building in the heart of Fitzrovia was bought for £55m in August 2015 from the BA Pension Fund and had also been occupied by the BBC. It presented an opportunity to develop an office space, where people felt inspired with communication and collaboration encouraged.

This project provided a fantastic and unique opportunity for a number of Kier businesses to collaborate in creating this showcase building and an opportunity for teams engaged with the consultants to challenge requirements and find cost-effective solutions. The challenge was exacerbated by the fact the building had restricted access and was positioned in the heart of central London.

The Solution:

Before any decisions were made several workshops were held to discuss details, samples, mock-ups etc. With the help of BIM, staff were able to get a real sense of what the building would look like via a 3D walk-around, allowing early approval of what were new and modern concepts.

This form of collaboration and forward-thinking ensured a space was created that offered an open-door policy, accompanied with cellular offices and a board room - all ensuring that employees felt welcome in the office space.

The refurbishment elements saw the teams sand blast and shot blast the building, increase the overall space with a whole new floor, as well as extending the lower ground and ground floors.

The Impact:

The completed building offers five floors of modern, rustic feel space; including exposed services, efficient cooling systems and intelligent meeting room facilities. Developed, built and maintained by Kier Group, the building was sold to Standard Life Investments in June 2017 for £87.4m (six-months prior to practical completion).

The building is designed specifically to open-up channels of communication and support a collaborative way of working. The warm reception and club space areas also motivate visitors to work as normal, with many choosing to stay even after their appointment has finished.

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