Fletcher Priest Architects has started on site at Carmelite, the 135,000 sq ft refurbishment at 50 Victoria Embankment. The multi million pound project for Orion Capital Managers and Quadrant Estates, and awarded to contractor Morgan Sindall, includes a new riverside façade which responds to the adjacent Grade II Listed building.
The site was home to Associated Newspapers Ltd, publishers of the Evening News and the Daily Mail in the 1900s. The prestigious position of the site on Victoria Embankment provides extensive 180 degree river views, extending to the West End, St Pauls and The City. The existing building has two distinct external elements, to the rear of the site the building incorporates a Grade II Listed façade, and to the front a 1990’s elevation. The proposal recognises the fine quality of the listed rear facades and leaves these untouched. The design strategy also retains the majority of the existing structural frame. The new proposal has been carefully designed to relate to the immediate context of the Whitefriars Conservation Area and the Victoria Embankment frontage, and in wider terms, of views of the Thames.
The refurbishment will also incorporate a new glazed 6th floor level set within a large accessible roof terrace, designed to increase biodiversity and provide panoramic rooftop views.
The refurbishment seeks to create a highly energy efficient envelope design, whilst increasing the quality of daylight on the floors. The energy strategy for the building is to achieve substantially reduced carbon emissions and comply with and achieve BREEAM Excellent for Offices on completion of the project. The building results in nearly 40% reduction in emissions and 60% reduction over the existing building for fixed services.