• 12 December 2017

Angel Court scoops ‘Tall Building of the Year’ at AJ Architecture Awards

We are delighted that Angel Court has won ‘Tall Building of the Year’ at the AJ Architecture Awards.

The Awards, held at an exclusive gala dinner on 7th December in London, celebrate and reward design excellence in UK architecture. The category ‘Tall Building of the Year’ recognises new-build or significantly refurbished and upgraded projects over seven-storeys high, completed between January 2016 and July 2017.

Angel Court is a 1970’s tower that has been through a major redevelopment, replacing all but its core, transforming it into a landmark 300,000 sq ft prime office building in the heart of London’s financial district next to the Bank of England. The 25-storey building offers panoramic views across the Bank conservation area and uninterrupted 360-degree views of London’s skyline.

Waterman was appointed as the multidiscipline engineer to provide structures, MEP, fire, civil and environmental consultancy services. Our team worked closely with Mitsui Fudosan UK (‘Mitsui Fudosan’) and development partner Stanhope Plc to deliver the scheme. The project’s success is testament to the collaborative approach of the whole team led by Fletcher Priest Architects. The sustainable and innovative design solutions have made this an exemplary project, one of the first London City commercial offices to secure a BREEAM 2014 Excellent Design Stage Assessment as well as an EPC A rating. The construction carbon footprint was significantly reduced through innovative design solutions that enabled retention of the original core and re-use of original foundations and basement structure.

The jury found the fritted-glass façade wrapped around the tower, rising up out of the tight pedestrian lane particularly appealing. They especially commended how the tower deals with this condition when it meets the ground, with a low-level block forming a new frontage to the street and a base out of which the tower rises.

The jury referred to ‘the way the building is set back at ground level, and the removal of some of the existing low-level building greatly enhance Angel Court, providing a better route through’ and that it has ‘transformed the ambitions of the street’.

Furthermore, the excellent use of materials was commended on both the tower and the ‘generous’ Irish limestone cladding of the lower block, as well as roof garden, which brings a sense of ‘beauty and delight’. All this was achieved for what the jury felt was a ‘surprisingly low budget’ considering its scale and the impact it has had on the surrounding public realm.

Waterman’s Director, Mark Terndrup, commented; “We’re really pleased to see that Angel Court has won ‘Tall Building of the Year’. It has been a fantastic project for all involved and we are particularly proud of this achievement because we have worked together on the scheme since 2010. Not only has it been a great success for Fletcher Priest Architects, Mitsui Fudosan and Stanhope, our staff have had the opportunity to be part of a great team that has helped us inspire our next generation of talented engineers.”

Waterman has also been involved in the recent fit-out of The Clubhouse at Angel Court as well as the soon to be completed fit-out for Petrobras.

To read more about our involvement in Angel Court, please click here.

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