3 Minster Court opens its doors
We are pleased to celebrate the opening of 3 Minster Court, an iconic 275,000 sq ft office building located in the heart of London’s Insurance district. The building, designed by Buckley Gray Yeoman (BGY), achieved practical completion on 12th February 2018.
The existing development was originally constructed in 1991 and featured the largest escalator in Europe at the time. To revive the building, the escalator was removed and the remaining balcony circulation space was converted into additional office space. A new entrance was also created at the corner of Mincing Lane and Great Tower Street.
The newly completed refurbishment has been transformed into Grade A offices with 65,000 sq ft of café, restaurant, bar and shop space as well as 250 bicycle spaces, lockers and 25 showers. Its dynamic design attributes include state-of-art technology and carefully planned relaxation spaces to provide its inhabitants with ultimate comfort and modern well-being. The stunning 21-metre wide glass-topped atrium was re-clad with a new façade linking directly with the reception space and provides tenants with natural light to ensure high levels of energy, mood and productivity.
Waterman’s multidisciplinary teams were appointed by Greycoat and worked closely with BGY to transform the building. Our Structures team developed a solution that allowed part of the upper ground floor to be removed to form a large double-height reception with café and breakout facilities.
Our M&E team designed the new building services strategy with the existing plant substantially replaced with more energy efficient systems reducing carbon emissions by 42%. The office spaces have been fitted out to Cat A standard with high efficiency LED lighting and variable speed Fan Coil Units to reduce the fan-energy consumption.
The design provides the flexibility to accommodate a variety of tenants and is adaptable to their preferences for fit-out, on-floor break out and tea point spaces.
The completed building has achieved a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.