A major new build commercial office overlooking the River Thames, 33 Central is the first asset in the UK portfolio of international property group HB Reavis. Designed by John Robertson Architects, the development provides Grade A open-plan office space spread over 11 storeys, a double height reception of over 400 sq m and a landscaped garden at roof level, offering spectacular panoramic views of the City of London.
Having supported the previous site owners to secure planning consent, we went on to develop an engineering services design strategy that allowed for highly flexible floorplate configurations, capable of accommodating both open plan and cellularised offices to attract a wide range of tenant profiles.
Working with the client and wider design team we defined a highly sustainable agenda for the development. In the project’s early concept stages we carried out extensive energy modelling with the architect to refine the façade, maximise thermal comfort and minimise the energy demand for the building.
Photovoltaics were integrated into the landscaped gardens at roof level, which also featured extensive planting and biodiversity enhancements to attract wildlife. The building materials used by contractors were specified in detail to minimise carbon impact and waste, and in use water consumption was targeted to deliver a 56% reduction in water use over similar buildings.
The health and wellbeing of building occupants was of paramount importance to the developer and wider team: Our expert input helped develop vital elements such as daylighting, acoustics and thermal comfort. The roof garden, designed by Townshend Landscape Architects, included extensive planting alongside seating areas, providing tenants with a private outdoor space for relaxation, connection to nature and social interaction.
The design, location and sustainability credentials attracted US bank Wells Fargo who, in 2018, acquired the building; going on to make 33 Central their London Headquarters and adorning the reception with an original Wells Fargo stagecoach.