• 31 July 2017

LSQ London shortlisted for Building Award

We are delighted that our project LSQ London (formerly 48 Leicester Square) has been shortlisted for Building Magazine ‘Refurbishment Project of the Year’ at the Building Awards.

Now in its second year, this category is open to all members of the project team involved in remodelling an existing structure in the UK that has been completed (or at least one major phase has been completed) between March 2016 and April 2017. The judges will focus on design, sustainability, innovation and construction performance and procurement and team work with the client.

LSQ London, designed by Make Architects, occupies the entire west side of Leicester Square in Central London, offering over 90,000ft2 of Grade A commercial space and 40,000ft2 of retail space.

Waterman were appointed by an overseas client and CORE, as Development Managers, and we worked closely with Multiplex Construction Europe, to provide structural engineering consultancy services.

The scheme included part demolition, leaving a 4-sided retained façade, and reconstruction of the new internal structure to provide a nine-storey building, including a new two-storey basement. The contemporary roof design is supported by a central core and new perimeter stanchions to create a completely column-free office space, spanning up to 12m and providing efficient floor space to appropriate market standards.

The prestigious LSQ London is currently on the shortlist for the Structural Steel Design Awards and the AJ Retrofit Awards. It was also a finalist in the Construction News Awards.

John Towers, Director of Waterman Structures, commented on the success; “We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. It is a great testament to the team’s collaboration and the project’s design. From an engineering point of view, we had to be innovative and we needed to define the best way to integrate the new into the existing. It was a unique opportunity, both from a technical and visual aspect.”

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 7th November 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

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