• 13 December 2017

20 Ropemaker Street gets the go-ahead

We are delighted that the London Borough of Islington has granted planning permission on behalf of Old Park Lane Management for 20 Ropemaker Street, a new commercial tower development in London.

The 27-storey scheme, designed by Make Architects, will create 415,000 sq ft of Grade A, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ office space that fosters creativity, collaboration and connection among occupiers.

The development will include work space designed for small and micro-sized industries to fill a gap in the market created by the ongoing regeneration in the area. The ground floor will comprise retail premises facing Finsbury Pavement whilst also being accessible through internal connections. The ground floor entrance level will be focused on engagement projected as a community space for the building’s occupants, the reception desk could double up as a barista bar and there will be a variety of meeting and co-working spaces, green walls, established planting, events spaces, cafes and a lecture area.

The tower will have a vertical rhythm, with strong vertical stone corners and secondary horizontal spandrel panels wrapping the building. These will provide solar shading, obscure desk clutter and create a ladder-style effect when viewed externally as a whole. Materials have been chosen to pick up from the classical vernacular, with stone on the protruding slices and darker reflective ceramic for the recessed slices.

Waterman has been appointed to provide structural, geotechnical and environmental consultancy services as well as liaison with Crossrail, Network Rail, London Underground (tunnels) and Thames Water (major sewers).

David Ainsworth, CEO of development manager CORE, said in a recent press release; “We have been privileged to work with a great team to reach this milestone, and we are now looking forward to creating a game-changing building in this well-connected location.”

Frank Filskow, Partner at Make, added; “We are really excited to get started on this next generation of office building. The articulated form will deliver varied floorplates designed to foster a community of businesses and enhance the wellness of the occupants. Virtually every floor has access to outdoor roof terraces or balconies to create a better workplace.”

Jody Pearce, Director of Waterman Structures, commented; “We are very excited to be working with such a good team on this fantastic looking building, delivering a flexible scheme that can adapt to occupiers needs. I am especially pleased that the structural stabilizing ladder frames have been integrated into the front façade to such dramatic effect, creating panoramic views across London.”

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