The most significant changes of this renovation of this1960s office building are not immediately visible. The introduction of open-loop ground source heating and ground water cooling from 150 metre deep boreholes was selected as a viable solution for heating and cooling the building. It was the first time that Land Securities had used this technology. Recent monitoring has indicated that the installation is reliable, and that it has generated energy savings in the region of 40 per cent. 40 Eastbourne Terrace was typical of a generation of office buildings built in the 1960's, with narrow floor plates, ceiling heights that restricted the distribution of modern services and poor quality finishes.
Land Securities asked us to renovate the building, and the benefit of reuse was a theme taken up in the design process. The retention of the structural frame and substructure provided significant energy savings, and reduced the overall period of construction. Stripped of its cladding, the previously external staircase was removed to create a new atrium, which forms the principal entrance and circulation space. The cantilevered helical staircase is visible from the street, and the intervention reduces the length of the existing floor plates and punctuates a previously relentless facade.