• 16 February 2021

Two Waterman projects shortlisted for the AJ Retrofit Awards

Waterman is delighted that Waterlow Hall, South Hampstead High School, and Phase 1 of 3 Shortlands have been shortlisted respectively for the ‘School’ and ‘Workplace over 10,000 sqm’ categories of the upcoming AJ Retrofit Awards.

The Awards, organised by the Architects’ Journal, celebrate the design expertise behind the renewal and repurposing of existing buildings and champions those schemes which cut the industry’s carbon footprint across nine categories, including healthcare, housing, offices, higher education and listed buildings.

Phase 1 of 3 Shortlands – ‘Workplace over 10,000 sqm’
Located in London’s central Hammersmith, 3 Shortlands is a 1970’s office block which is undergoing a major refurbishment and redevelopment to create a design-led, sustainable commercial space. Designed by Fletcher Priest Architects, Romulus’ revamped building will feature a new double height reception area exposing the existing concrete structure on the ground floor and will include a café zone and a small mezzanine area. Additionally, extensive external works and landscaping have been completed to improve the buildings appearance. The redevelopment also includes modernised entrances to enhance access for the public to the new ground floor area and a converted basement, which was used exclusively for car parking, so that almost half the area is now fully useable for cycle storage, showers and changing facilities.  Image courtesy of Fletcher Priest Architects

Throughout Phase 1, Waterman provided specialist structural design input to support the external landscaping, internal structural modifications and integration of new showers in the basement space. Our appointment has further expanded to bring in our full multidisciplinary team for Phases 2 and 3 which will upgrade and double the building’s existing space, incorporating a 9,800 sqm GIA new build Adagio Apart-Hotel under Phase 2 and over 29,000 sqm GIA of commercial office led, mixed use development in Phase 3.

Waterlow Hall – ‘School’
Completed in March 2020, Waterlow Hall at South Hampstead High School in north-west London was transformed into a sustainable and flexible performing arts space. Designed by Broadway Malyan, the retrofit had to serve around 12 different uses, including events, assemblies and exams resulting in innovative aspects such as the retractable seating system providing space for up to 400 audience members which retracts into concealed storage cupboards when not in use. Additionally, a new mezzanine balcony was constructed opposite the stage for a new sound and lighting control room whilst the walls and ceiling were designed to optimise the acoustic performance of the hall by using timber battens creating a warm atmosphere.

Our Structures team provided specialist design input to facilitate the incorporation of the architectural and technical schemes into the existing structure. By doing so the team created a state-of-the-art, multifunctional space without the need for a new primary building frame.

You can view the full list of shortlisted projects by clicking here.

The winners will be announced on 24 February.

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