tp bennett completes landmark office in the City

Located on one of the most historic streets in the City of London, the tp bennett designed office development at 30 Lombard Street for McKay Securities PLC has reached completion. The 58,500 ft2 landmark building, known as Aurum, is a rare addition to the commercial office buildings of this size in the City. The building spans 11 floors and will be occupied by FTSE 100 wealth manager, St James Place. The flexible floorplate includes an open, column free space, appealing to occupiers looking for maximum flexibility. The upper floors feature full height windows to maximise daylight and views of the location.

Situated in a Conservation area renowned for its banking history, the design of the building responded to the site’s heritage, aligning to the Client’s aspirations to “create a timeless piece of architecture”

that maximises the potential of its location is aesthetically modern, elegant and nuanced. The highly constrained site, with its narrow streets, and irregular footprint tested tp bennett’s experience of realising projects that require complex engineering solutions.

The materials of the office building bridges the traditional and modern, by using an authentic palette of stone, bronze and glass within a contemporary construction that acknowledges its historic neighbours. The Lombard Street facade also features unique artwork by renowned artist Kate Maestri, who created a motif inspired by gold threads, symbolising the history of weaving that in turn evolved into the banking sector.

The double-height glazed entrance foyer leads to the bronze clad lifts and to the column free floorplates. Reinforcing its

status as an ‘HQ’ building, at ninth floor a 2,300 ft2

roof terrace provides panoramic

views of the 17th century Wren designed St Edmunds church opposite, as well as other iconic city buildings. David Blair, Principal Director of tp bennett said, “The design of this building demonstrates our team’s collaborative approach to design. The elegant building is a result of complex engineering, balancing the use of traditional materials and modern construction methods. From the outset, the brief demanded a flagship building for McKay Securities PLC, befitting of the prestigious location in the heart of the financial capital of Europe”

RIBA publishes book on ‘next generation’ workplace design BOOK

Despite predictions that the office is on the verge of extinction, it is not only surviving, but also thriving. Digital technologies have spurred this transformation, and with it, the metamorphosis of our entire working environment. The office of today can vary from a sweeping open expanse of ergonomic, futuristic workstations, to a local coffee shop. Future Office: Next-Generation

Workplace Design from RIBA Publishing debates tradition, change, and the future of how we work and where. The Internet now means we can

work anywhere, much to the satisfaction of millions. In fact, the number of self-employed professionals often working remotely has increased from 3.3 million in 2001 to 4.8 million in 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and now account for about 15 per cent of the working population.

However, human interaction and

collaboration, the very essence of the workplace, remains key to productive, effective outcomes, and is often recognised as what’s missing when working remotely. Further to this, with four generations now working together for the first time, human-centric designs have never been more important for our workspaces. Nicola Gillen, workplace market sector

lead for Europe, Middle East and Africa, AECOM and contributor to the book said: “The digital revolution is reshaping how we live and work every day, yet the role of people – specifically the workforce – is becoming ever more important. Putting people at the centre of design and decision-making is key to delivering the right environment to optimise creativity, innovation and productivity. Too often, their needs are

overlooked in the design process. Human interaction and engagement must remain the focus as future office design evolves to support new ways of working and new concepts for the workplace.” The collaborative work of 12 experts

in their fields, led by Gillen, Future Office considers everything from graphene to battery powered buildings, and provides an “eye-opening” guide for architects, designers, developers and occupiers to create office spaces that promote wellbeing, innovation and growth for the future. Dubbed “essential reading for

everybody associated with planning and designing the next generation of workplaces,” Professor Jeremy Myerson of the Royal College of Art and director of the WORKTECH Academy calls Future Office “the first comprehensive picture of what the future might look like.”



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