White Collar Factory, an ambitious new office development in Old Street, London, opened its doors last week. AECOM delivered a range of building services for the new development, a c.293,000 sq/ft building comprising commercial workspace, residential and retail facilities. The office building also features the UK’s first running track for employees to use on-site, located on the fifteenth floor of the sixteen-floor space. There is also a rooftop bar with fantastic views of London for employees to enjoy.
AECOM delivered cost management, monitoring and peer review of services, sustainability, lifts, fire, acoustics, ITC, facades and security for the project. AECOM reviewed LEED and BREEAM, and the scheme was subsequently awarded LEED Platinum and BREEAM Outstanding, as well as Wired Score Platinum. The project was designed by architectural practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and delivered by developer Derwent London.
White Collar Factory produces 25% less carbon over current building regulations. The building was designed with tall ceilings for increased volume and flexibility in use and adaptation, increased natural daylight and ventilation penetration, as well as even distribution of artificial lighting.
The building also has smart servicing, including maximum possible use of passive systems, natural day lighting and ventilation. A simple façade provides effective shading where necessary, as well as openable windows and variable glazing aligned to building orientation.
Flexible floor plates offer the potential for two-way split tenancy per flor or optional voids between floors to connect tenancies. A high thermal mass structure was used to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the building.
David Thornley, Director, AECOM, said: “We are proud to have been involved with such an iconic and revolutionary project. The result is a ready-to-go workspace that can be easily adapted and refined to suit business needs and changes, achieved in a sustainable, cost effective way.”
Tenants already in occupation at the building include Adobe, AKTII, BGL, Box.com, Capital One, Runpath, Spark44, The Office Group and Workshop Coffee.
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