The 17-23 Bentinck Street project has been nominated in the Project of the Year (between £10m-£50m) category at the Construction News Awards.
Designed by ESA – part of Capita – and constructed by VolkerFitzpatrick, the £11m project comprised the refurbishment of existing properties into 44,000sqft of high quality office space and three luxury apartments in the heart of London's west end.
The project, carried out on behalf of Howard de Walden Estates, involved the demolition of the existing structure whilst retaining the impressive façade at the front of the buildings.
The project is rated as BREEAM excellent thanks to extensive areas of photovoltaic roof slates and 14 GSHP boreholes.
Ian Wadham, ESA, said: “The retained facade proposals were originally seen as unacceptable in planning terms, but understanding their reasoning the 'book-ends' of the development took on a refurbishment approach with No.17 becoming residential, and design measures were taken to avoid visible office lighting grids from the street. The new build designs to the rear respect original plot widths, pulling and sinking planes to produce a rich articulation allowing oblique vistas throughout the levels, creating diverse character to the working environment despite the expansive floor plates.”
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