A stunning office in a heritage building
Private equity company Hawkpoint Partners wished to fit-out two office floors in a landmark building at 41 Lothbury, opposite the Bank of England. The building is Grade 1* listed by English Heritage, with parts dating back to the 18th Century.
Providing a modern office space inside a historic building poses distinct M&E challenges, due to the limited riser and plant space and risk of damage to the structure or fabric of the premises. In addition, care has to be taken to ensure that the new designs meet the extra aesthetic and practical limitations placed on listed buildings. The design for a new commercial kitchen at 41 Lothbury was particularly challenging, because the lack of riser space meant that it was impossible to include traditional externally-ducted ventilation systems.
We carried out detailed M&E design services, including four pipe fan coil and Hiross underfloor comfort cooling systems, a large communications room and a full fine dining standard commercial kitchen, together with extensive custom-made, low energy lighting for the heritage areas. The challenge in the kitchen was resolved by designing a custom-made re-circulating extraction system which incorporated special grease and odour filtration. This was supplemented by additional cooling to remove heat from the area.
The Hawkpoint offices have been transformed into a modern and highly efficient space that is also in keeping with the character of the building.