It is the biggest ever speculative building letting in the City and fully integrates their Lehman operations. Up to 4,000 banking staff will move into the building next year, many relocating from the former Lehman Brothers building in Canary Wharf. Watermark Place, designed by Fletcher Priest Architects for Oxford Properties and UBS Global Asset Management, extends over a whole city block and links the City to the river, creating the largest riverside public space on the north bank of the Thames. With panoramic views that extend from Tower Bridge to the London Eye, this highly visible landmark will regenerate the Thames walk with its distinctive design.
Instantly recognisable by the massive timber structure that shades the building, it is designed to be at the forefront of energy saving design. The carbon neutral riverside pavilion uses innovative motorised timber louvers to track and protect the interior from the heat of the sun. Higher up the building, are some of the largest landscaped roof gardens in London, amounting to over a quarter of a hectare, equivalent to four tennis courts. The colours and reflections of the Thames have been pixilated into a sophisticated glazing system, screening the interior but allowing unobstructed views of London and its river.