Major refurbishment of Gresham St Paul’s tops-out
Waterman are delighted that significant structural work remodelling Gresham St Paul’s, formerly known as Garrard House, has been completed. The milestone marking the completion of the new additional floors was celebrated by the team with a ‘topping-out’ ceremony on 3 December.
The Wilkinson Eyre-designed refurbishment will offer high-quality office space in the heart of London’s financial district. Originally completed in 1998, the building was designed for Swiss company, Schroders, becoming their investment banking world headquarters.
Original developer, Stanhope, return to the 1998-built scheme to lead the new redevelopment’s design team, with Waterman also returning to work on the project having delivered the original building’s structural design.
To facilitate the redevelopment, the existing roof on level 9, and part of level 8, has been removed to make way for new floors and facilities, with new outdoor terrace areas added at level 9. Upon completion, the extended building will increase the Gross Internal Area from 210,219 ft² to 240,444 ft² across nine office floors and a basement level. The new building has been designed to anticipate, and respond to, the new levels of sustainability being demanded by occupiers.
Our structures team designed the new floor space using a steel frame with a metal deck composite floor slab which incorporates lightweight concrete, while our building services team provided the new MEP design, which replaces the original system. This divides the services between basement and roof levels, enabling the addition of new car parking and bicycle storage areas, along with cyclist changing facilities in the basement.
The ambitious project is forecast to complete in Q4 2020.