• 28 March 2019

The Crown Estate’s latest development The Marq completes

We are delighted to celebrate the completion of The Marq in London’s St James’s.

The prestigious scheme features 35,000 sqft of office space arranged over the first to sixth floors with 11,000 sqft of retail and restaurant space at ground and basement levels.

The team, led by Skanska, includes design consultants, Rolfe Judd (architects), Waterman Group (structural engineers) and Watkins Payne Partnership (services engineers) achieved practical completion on 27 March 2019, which means there are no outstanding defects – excluding minor items or snags – and the building can be used for its intended uses.

After planning consent was achieved by John McAslan and Partners in January 2016, The Crown Estate appointed Rolfe Judd to develop the detailed design of the building.

The development features three pieces of bespoke artwork by Jacqueline Poncelet, with two external elements – splay corner and gates – being complemented by an interior wall-based artwork.

The building is on target to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating for the office space and a WELL Building Core and Shell Gold certification.

Richard Kirkpatrick, Skanska’s Project Director, commented: “Handing this project over on time, within budget and to such a high standard is a fantastic achievement. Working together with all of our stakeholders has created a strong working ethic that has delivered our customer’s requirements and it’s a building that they can be proud of.”

Simon Perks, Senior Development Manager at The Crown Estate, said: “We are delighted to have completed The Marq, the only new office development to be launching in St James’s in 2019. This will become one of the UK’s first WELL Certified Core and Shell buildings, with the design focused on promoting positive health, wellbeing and productivity outcomes for all of our customers.”

Richard Whitehead, Board Director of Structures at Waterman, said: “This has been a complex project at a busy location with several constraints on the site. It has been an exciting project for us, involving creative engineering in close proximity to nearby buildings and busy streets. The structural works have gone very smoothly thanks to close collaboration between all parties. The project is a great credit to all involved.”

Throughout the project, the team engaged with several local charities and raised funds for the Snow Leopard Ward at Evelina London, a children’s hospital which is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London. The team also volunteered their time to help local charities like Groundwork.



Notes to editors

Skanska, established in 1887, is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups. The UK operation is one of the country’s top contractors.

Skanska global
Number of employees – About 40,000
2018 revenue – SEK 170.5 billion
2018 operating income – SEK 4.8 billion
President and CEO Anders Danielsson
Established 1887

Skanska UK
Number of employees – 6,000
President and CEO Gregor Craig
Established 2000

Skanska, one of the UK’s leading contractors, is an inclusive and responsible business that is helping to build for a better society. Known for major projects, such as the Gherkin and Crossrail, we are building, upgrading and maintaining the country’s infrastructure. Drawing on our Scandinavian heritage, we are green, innovative and progressive. We bring together people and technology, as part of our quest to make construction a safer and more collaborative industry. Operating around the world in selected home markets in Europe and the US, Skanska is listed on the Stockholm stock exchange and headquartered in Sweden’s capital city.

The Crown Estate
The Crown Estate is a £14bn real estate business specialising in commercial property in central London, prime regional retail and offshore wind. It also has a substantial rural and coastal portfolio and manages the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Established by an Act of Parliament, as an independent commercial business, it returns 100% of its annual profits to the Treasury for the benefit of the public finances. This has totalled £2.7bn over the last ten years.

Watkins Payne Partnership
The Watkins Payne Partnership, originally formed in 1970, has been successfully trading as Building Services Engineers for over 40 years. The Partnership has steadily expanded its knowledge and expertise over this period and offers a comprehensive building services consultancy service covering all aspects of the design, specification and monitoring of services installations including mechanical, electrical, public health, fire protection and vertical transportation.

The Partnership currently employs 60 staff and are members of the Association of Consulting Engineers, British Council of Offices and UK Green Building Council. Qualifications held by various members of staff include membership of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Institute of Electrical Engineers, Energy Institute, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Lighting Engineers and Institute of Plumbing, plus CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant accreditation.

The Partnership’s reputation and success has been built on a philosophy of Partner and Associate project involvement from project inception to practical completion.

The Partnership has offices in London and Sunbury-on-Thames and is involved with projects located throughout the United Kingdom.

Rolfe Judd
Rolfe Judd provides successful architecture, town planning and interior design solutions as a combined service or separate specialisms. Rolfe Judd Architecture is a responsive practice with skills and experience in urban design, mixed-use developments, residential, retail, office and stadia design.

Through consultation and collaboration they design and deliver inventive schemes which balance all criteria and maximise potential. Established in 1968, the practice is based in London with satellite offices in Warsaw and Katowice

Waterman Group
Waterman Group is a multidisciplinary consultancy providing sustainable solutions to meet the planning, engineering design and project delivery needs of the property, infrastructure, environment and energy markets. Founded in 1952, the company has since grown into a leading engineering and environmental consultancy with offices throughout the UK, Australia and Europe.

Waterman works with government agencies, local authorities, government-regulated industries and private sector clients to provide innovative, sustainable and economic solutions across a wide spectrum of business activities. The firm has extensive experience in property and buildings, environmental consultancy, power and energy, roads, highways and rail infrastructure, urban and regional planning. Award winning teams provide professional consultancy services throughout the complete life cycle of the asset starting from initial surveys and concept planning, through to design, delivery, project management, supervision and on-going maintenance.

Waterman Group is part of CTI Engineering, the leading Japanese engineering consultancy. CTI provides professional consulting services related to civil engineering and construction works, including planning, research, design, and project management. See more information on www.watermangroup.com

Skanska – sarah.hayes@skanska.co.uk, 07971 324647
Rolfe Judd – katherineh@rolfe-judd.co.uk, 020 7556 1548
Waterman Group – susan.nilsson@watermangroup.com, + 44 746 7955 513
Watkins Payne Partnership – AThrower@wppgroup.co.uk, 07801 912725

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