Materials for Architecture returns with innovation at its core


Planning granted for Make Architects’ 27-storey tower in Islington

The London borough of Islington has unanimously voted to grant consent for a new commercial tower development marking the corner of Ropemaker Street and Finsbury Pavement. The 27-storey scheme, designed by Make Architects for Old Park Lane Management with development manager CORE, reflects a changing culture in commercial offices which focuses on environments that “foster creativity, collaboration and connection among occupiers.” 415,000 ft2

of Grade A, BREEAM

‘Excellent’ office space will be created across 23 storeys, along with dedicated SME or affordable work space to fill a gap in the market created by the ongoing regen- eration in the area, plus ground floor retail. The building steps up to 128 metres at its tallest point and will provide a ‘full stop’ to the cluster of towers that has developed around the Finsbury Pavement and Ropemaker areas.

The building features a series of ‘stepped slices’ that protrude forward and recess back, reducing the mass and defining the bays and the building’s silhouette. With the dimensions shifting both vertically and horizontally, a range of floor plates are created to accommodate different-sized organisations. The various building heights


have created space for five different roof terraces, and the office floorplates also have balconies. Over three-quarters of the office floors will have access to outdoor amenity space.

Frank Filskow, partner at Make, expressed excitement around the project which is “designed to foster a community of business and enhance the wellness of the occupants.”

The ground floor entrance level is “focused on wellbeing and engagement”: designed as a community space for the building’s occupants, the reception desk doubles as a bar, and there are a variety of meeting and work spaces, green walls, established planting, events spaces, cafes and a lecture area. Tim Sketchley from Old Park Lane Management hailed Ropemaker as an opportunity to develop an office complex that “represents the future for commercial workspace” with its design bringing together “lean and clean” technologies with amenity spaces, “outstanding accessibility” and provision for the health and wellbeing of the people who will work in it. “It is great that the Borough of Islington has recognised what the building will add to the market in the area,” Sketchley remarked.

Following on from its 2017 debut, Materials for Architecture will return to the ILEC Conference Centre, London from 25-26 April 2018. Once again the event will combine a confer- ence programme, exhibition, CPD seminars, material galleries and evening reception. Innovation will be a clear theme across every part of the event. With topics including responsive building skins, rammed earth construction, phase-change and unbreakable materials, the conference programme for 2018 is set to highlight some of the newest, most innovative themes within the built environment. Speakers will come from major archi- tecture practices, engineering firms, academia and more.

The exhibition hall will include an Innovation Zone and highly interac- tive materials display area, while the evening reception will host a competi- tion where participants will present their research into developing construction materials for the future. The competition will be judged by a panel of leading industry figures. The evening will also give entrants, judges and attendees the opportunity to network.

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