245 Hammersmith Road
Contractor Lend Lease (Europe) Ltd
Photos: Hobhouse Photography Ltd
Mix Use Building offices and retail
245 Hammersmith Road (formerly Bechtel House) creates a prominent architectural addition and sequence of new public spaces in the area’s Business Improvement District (BID). Rather than being a single structure like the former Bechtel House on the site, its design reduces the mass of the development by forming the building from two parallel wings that are connected by a central core, which houses circulation space and services. The external envelope of the development is characterised by the use of angled anodised aluminium window surrounds, which have been specified to create a dialogue with the architectural language of the adjacent Conservation Area where terracotta brick is commonplace. The angled aluminium panels in the façades are tailored to their orientation, minimising solar gain and providing dynamic elevations which respond to the changing levels of light during the day.
Flat unitised structurally silicone glazed system with projecting aluminium elements (red die anodising)
Vertical anodised aluminium fins
Toggle system with reinforced steel mullions
In the practice’s 75-year history, Sheppard Robson has designed award-winning architecture, interior design and masterplanning projects around the world, building a strong reputation across numerous typologies – including office, education, residential, healthcare, science and retail projects. From their head office in London and studios in Manchester, Glasgow and Abu Dhabi, the founding principles of innovation and sustainability continue to shape the work of the practice and its interior design group (ID:SR), reinterpreted and enlivened by the creative talent of their designers. The work of the practice benefits from an ability to have a constructive dialogue with clients and end-users, as well as collaborating closely with other members of the project team throughout the design and delivery of a project.