Several of our projects have recently been shortlisted in prestigious awards programmes. Our Dashwood House project in the City of London has been shortlisted by the RIBA for recognition as one of the best buildings in London completed in 2009. Set in the historic churchyard gardens behind Old Broad Street, next to the Grade I listed St Botolphs church, the scheme for Land Securities has become an exemplar of how to transform and reuse an existing office building. The replacement of the existing top three storeys of plant with five new storeys of offices contributed to a 40 percent increase in lettable space without the need for new foundations.
Using the latest technology counterweightless lifts and high performance lightweight cladding, the existing building has been upgraded to meet the exacting demands of current City occupiers. The reuse of the existing frame and other energy saving measures ensured the building’s ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating and an EPC B classification, both remarkable for a refurbished building.
Three of our buildings (One Lothbury, Dashwood and Watermark Place/One Angel Lane) have been selected for the New City Architecture Award 2010, the winner of which will be announced in April. The award is given for the ‘building or other work of architecture … which makes the most significant contribution to the streetscape and skyscape of the City of London.’