Our expertise and experience covers all types of commercial developments.

At Waterman we are experienced in challenging refurbishment and retrofit schemes that revive existing buildings for future working generations, to new build developments where sustainable, future proof designs deliver flexible workspaces ready to fulfil the latest multi-occupier requirements.

The commercial office market continues to rapidly evolve, and our progressive thinking builds in quality derived solutions to keep projects at the forefront of technological and market driven demands.

Our designs consider new working cultures and the latest technologies to accommodate a variety of occupiers, from start-ups and collaborative workspaces to technology driven finance and media sectors.

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The global pandemic has had a huge impact on how, where and when people work. Recognising this shift in working practices, we work closely with our clients and developers to create workplaces which facilitate working culture evolution and deliver excellent user experience.

Our multidiscipline team takes a holistic approach to designing sustainable, low carbon solutions for the built environment, considering the project’s whole life carbon cycle, circular economy, climate resilience and operational carbon emissions. Our specialist sustainability team works alongside our engineers to guide the design process and set the roadmap for achieving the project sustainability goals, certifications and targets, from NABERS, BREEAM and WELL through to UKGBC accredited Net Zero.

Whatever the scheme, our design advice delivers exceptional outcomes for developers, owners and occupiers alike. Our designs optimise building performance, enhance and expand lettable space and create flexible workplaces to support future generations. We design effective and efficient buildings which unlock usable space, releasing their potential to create amenity rich environments with flexible shared public spaces.

We have a proven track record of delivering agile solutions that provide greater operational efficiency and we are passionate about creating exceptional workplaces where people and businesses thrive.

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“Waterman is a valued consultant who continually delivers, and they have proven to be a reliable and trustworthy advisor to us for many years.”

David Hutton, Director, CO-RE

Featured Project

Ropemaker Street.

Rising 128 m above Moorgate in the City of London, 20 Ropemaker Street will punctuate Islington’s skyline with its striking truncated design.

By creating 450,000 sq ft of Grade A, BREEAM ‘Outstanding’-certified offices, with 10,000 sq ft of premium retail space and over 20,000 sq ft of external terraces, the completed scheme will become the London Borough of Islington’s largest ever project.

Working alongside developer, Great Elm Assets Ltd and principal contractor, Skanska, our team are providing structural, geotechnical and environmental consultancy services for the £240m scheme. We also liaised with Network Rail, Crossrail, London Underground and party wall consultants to ensure the smooth delivery of the development at this bustling City of London location.

To facilitate demolition of the existing buildings, our geotechnical specialists developed a detailed ground engineering model which was integrated with the piling and structural BIM model to provide predicted ground movements and the impact on third party assets.

Magic Circle multinational law firm, Linklaters, have secured 310,000 sq ft of prime office space at 20 Ropemaker to create their new HQ. Our structures team worked alongside Old Park Lane Management, CO-RE, Great Elm Assets Ltd and Make architects to incorporate Linklaters’ requirements into both the building contract and enabling works, bringing all required enhancements up to RIBA Stage 4 in a very short timeframe, protecting the scheduled completion of the scheme in mid-2023.

Our infrastructure and environment specialists successfully closed out all demolition and enabling works planning conditions relating to Network Rail, Crossrail, London Underground and Thames Water. To deliver this, we planned and executed a ‘submission and approval’ strategy to suit the construction programme. Submissions for these key approvals were based on our iterative foundation design, responding to specific structural and geotechnical aspects. The successful completion of this process resulted in significant savings for the piling scheme, reaping benefits in both costs and programme.

Our team were also heavily involved with the design development of the superstructure, with our structures specialists taking a flexible approach to effectively address a variety of procurement and fabrication challenges. Working collaboratively with Skanska and their preferred steel contractor, we incorporated changes to the superstructure framing, harnessing the contractor’s specialist fabrication processes. Construction programme benefits were made by adapting the form, constituent pieces and connections of the four Vierendeel south facing ‘ladder frames’ which provide lateral stability for the new structure. The scheme is due to complete in 2023.


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