• 26 April 2012

AirW1 wins Building Magazine Project of the Year

The Crown Estate’s new flagship office space, AirW1, has won the Building Magazine Project of the Year award at the 2012 Building Awards.

The prestigious award ceremony, held on 18 April 2012 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, celebrated the very best of British design and construction, in front of over 1,300 industry delegates.

Our winning project saw off strong competition from seven other outstanding projects, including Britain’s second tallest building, Heron Tower, and Rothschild’s new London headquarters, New Court.

The AirW1 development, which forms part of our landmark Quadrant 3 building in Regent Street, provides over 16,700 m2 (180,000 ft2) of outstanding Grade A office space, and is the only office space in London’s West End to complete before 2013.

Aside from its outstanding architectural features, including a stunning central atrium in the heart of the office space, the building’s energy strategy sets a new benchmark for a sustainable central London development, with features including two combined heat and power plants (CHP) and photovoltaic panels. One of these CHP units is the largest and most efficient fuel cell in Europe, and the only unit in the West End.

Waterman provided multi-disciplinary engineering services that played a key role in the project’s success. Our structures team provided innovative engineering solutions, particularly at existing / new structure interfaces, including; re-using the existing 1920’s structure, temporary works and atrium design. The team was also instrumental in formulating approval, review and coordination processes, which played a large part in assuring cost and program targets were not only met but exceeded.

In addition, our Energy, Environment & Design division carried out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which focused heavily on the impacts to the listed buildings, as well as the visual impact of the redevelopment, whilst our BREEAM and Code assessors worked closely with the principal contractor Sir Robert McAlpine and the rest of the design team to achieve the target of a BREEAM Excellent rating and Code Level 4.

David Shaw, Head of Regent Street Portfolio, praised the work of the development, design and construction teams: “AirW1 has truly set the benchmark for sustainable urban regeneration of historically important buildings. It was completed four months ahead of the schedule and significantly under budget thanks to the dedicated work of our development and construction teams.”

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