10 20 30 Eastbourne Terrace / Fletcher Priest Architects / london + köln + riga | fletcherpriest
10 20 30 Eastbourne Terrace  Landsec

Eastbourne Terrace lies between the Victorian villas of London’s Westbourne Terrace and Paddington Station. In the 1960s offices were built on these wartime bomb sites facing the station and, like much post-war building stock, they were in need of redevelopment. Our work for Landsec upgrading an existing office building at 40 Eastbourne Terrace resulted in our appointment to transform three more buildings on the street.

The latest of these is the award-winning 20 Eastbourne Terrace, an 18 storey office building in a largely residential conservation area next to Brunel’s Grade I listed rail terminus, and at one time the tallest building in west London. Its transformation into a desirable, energy efficient workplace is timed to coincide with the opening of the new Crossrail station which has its entrance opposite.

Opening up the solid corners on each floor and recladding in a high-performance glass, we were able exploit the remarkable views out across London while increasing daylight and reduce the energy use. On the western façade, louvres allow light through but shade the interior from solar heat gain and embedded photovoltaic cells generate electricity. Inside low-energy chilled beams avoid the need for a ceiling and optimise the floor heights. Radically redesigned services free space to create a new wind protected roof terrace. At ground level new gardens replace tarmac car-parks in the mews shared with residential neighbours.