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Charles Horne, Project Director of the Broadgate Campus for British Land and Mike Taylor, Principal of Hopkins Architects will follow up on their CAF talk and site visit of January 2019 by reflecting on the original vision, the challenges along the way and success of the final project with images and data from the completed building.
100 Liverpool Street is a conversion of a 1980s building into a new 520,000 sq ft benchmark for London offices, with a focus on technology, sustainability and wellbeing. The building is British Land’s first ultra-low carbon construction and the first major development in the UK with a converged network and smart-enabled infrastructure.
The project delivers contemporary work, retail and social space over nine floors. Designed with well-being and productivity in mind, the top floors have terraces with landscaped gardens and views to St Paul’s Cathedral, and there are extensive collaborative working areas throughout the building. At the building’s heart there is a dramatic elliptical atrium surrounded by flexible office accommodation on bright, efficient floor plates. The scheme also includes 90,000 sq ft of high-quality retail and leisure space on the lower ground, ground and first floors to accommodate a variety of tenants.
The building is a landmark of sustainability: due to the re-use of much of the structural frame and all of the foundations, over 7,200 tonnes of embodied carbon were saved, with a further 4,100 tonnes saved through carbon-efficient design and low-carbon materials. The project is certified BREEAM ‘Excellent’, Wired ‘Platinum’, WELL 'Gold', with all electricity from renewable sources.