Our approach to the transformation of 1960’s buildings has been honed with Land Securities on adjacent projects. When they asked us to re-engineer this project we realised that a lot of what made it a good example of commercial design of its time could be adapted to reposition the building for innovative organisations.
20 Eastbourne Terrace in Paddington is an unusual proposition; an 18 storey, 1960s office building in a largely residential conservation area next to Brunel’s Grade 1 listed rail terminus. Its transformation into a desirable, energy efficient workplace is timed to coincide with the opening of the new Crossrail station that runs down the middle of Eastbourne Terrace.
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. Internally low-energy chilled beams, avoid the need for a ceiling and optimise the floor heights. These are examples of a suite of measures that make the development highly energy efficient. 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.
This project is one of several we have undertaken for different clients along Eastbourne Terrace, together they make a significant contribution to the areas emergence as a commercial hub alongside its ever-improving transport links.