Resilient London: confronting climate change
Major refurbishment of Warwick Court transforming the dated commercial premises into 180,000 sq ft of prime office space. The redevelopment will substantially upgrade the existing eight-storey building. Through comprehensive refurbishment and targeted interventions, which include a full reconfiguration of the ground floor, the scheme will extend the operational life of this 18-year-old building and transform it to meet today’s expectations for flexible and adaptable office spaces, with the aim of achieving a ‘platinum’ WiredScore rating.
Working alongside Fletcher Priest Architects, Stanhope and Mace, Waterman’s multidiscipline team is providing mechanical and electrical, structural and sustainability services to sensitively update the building. The entire ground floor is being significantly improved to provide an attractive frontage, offering a mix of retail uses with the main office entrance from Paternoster Square remodelled to provide a generous and welcoming space.
With a focus on wellness central to the redevelopment’s ethos, the scheme improves access to the new cycle and shower facilities on the lower ground floor and basement levels. Designed to maximise the uptake of active travel methods, the proposals provide 210 cycle spaces along with ample changing facilities. In a further boost to wellness, Warwick Court’s occupants will benefit from increased external amenity space, with two high quality terraces at levels six and eight offering expansive views of St Paul’s Cathedral. Coupled with the upgrade of the existing external spaces at levels four and five, the building will now offer 6,000 sq ft of outside amenity space.
Originally designed for a single tenant, the building has now been remodelled to welcome multiple occupiers, with shell and core upgrades incorporating new MEP systems and enhanced on-floor WC provision throughout. The ground floor through to the fifth floor will be fitted out to Cat A, with subdivisions allowing joint tenancies on each floor.
Waterman’s sustainability team have carried out a whole life carbon analysis of the refurbishment. The building will be fossil fuel-free and incorporate new air source heat pump technology and intelligent LED lighting. The majority of the building will use green refrigerant with low global warming potential (CO2 and R-1234ze). Carbon reductions will be achieved through a number of measures including prioritising reuse during the strip-out, use of 50 per cent GGBS in the concrete, reuse of the Capri stones, reuse of the roof paving and the anticipated use of 100 per cent renewable electricity during the construction phase by the principal contractor.