Photos: Edmund Sumner
Office Tower - Tall Building of the Year 2017 AJ Architecture Awards
Refurbishment of a 25 storey 1970s tower in the Bank of England Conservation Area. This scheme creates the opportunity to increase and improve the neighborhoods as well as providing over 60% additional office space. The project seeks to stress a contrast between the area’s solid stone character, physically and symbolically reflecting the presence of the Bank of England with a translucent and ethereal tower. Angel Court’s project turns a dark alleyway into an attractive pedestrian street lined with shops and restaurants, which catches midday sun.
The tower’s skin runs as a continuously curved surface across its entire volume; during the day time it is entirely transparent and seems to draw clouds and sky down to earth: in the evening, the internal lights take over and its apparently uniform skin becomes more earthbound; the glass panels become transparent while those covering the gridded frame remain opaque. These effects come from a double fritting pattern added to the glass panels, and which allows views from inside to out in any light.
This project is one of the first London City commercial offices to secure a BREEAM 2014 Excellent Design Stage Assessment.
The Grade A office space offers large floor plates throughout and benefits from a number of terraces and outdoor spaces. Sustainability has been key priority for the design of Angel Court with high performance standards reducing both energy and water consumption. Results are: predicted carbon emissions being 35% less than building regulations, and a 50% reduction in anticipated water use through grey and rain water harvesting. In addition, around 60% of the existing foundations have been recycled which has reduced the overall programme delivery and carbon footprint of the development.
Unitised structural silicone glazed system
Toggle system with steel mullions
Vertical and horizontal glazed feature fins
Perforated aluminium rainscreen panel system
Fletcher Priest Architects
A cosmopolitan practice employing around 100 people working on remarkable architectural, urban design and research project. It works at all scales in many sectors for a wide range of clients. Their portfolio includes many projects in London, but also the South East and other cities such as Manchester. Besides the UK, they are currently working abroad in Germany, the Baltic and Brazil. Their schemes have been recognized with many awards. Angel Court continues Fletcher Priest’s development of sustainable urban workplaces, which bring benefits to occupants and the public alike.