1 Neathouse Place London, Chesterfield Properties Building, Victoria Offices Development

1 Neathouse Place, London : Victoria Office Building

Office Development in central London, England, UK – design by Avery Associates Architects

18 Jun 2012

No 1 Neathouse Place

Design: Avery Associates Architects

Date built: 1997

Commissioned by Chesterfield Properties, No1 Neathouse Place is a major reconstruction of a redundant 1960s office block near London’s Victoria Station. Many unsuccessful attempts had been made to redevelop the site with the result that the building had languished empty for years.

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The main challenge was that the floor-to-floor heights of the existing structure were well below the standard required for modern air-conditioned offices. However, by reconfiguring the core and creating small ‘on floor’ plant rooms in pods hung from the structure at each end of the building, it was not only possible to bring the building up to the high specification standards demanded in today’s market but also to increase the nett lettable area by 10,000ft2 (total 94,000 ft2).

The building now commands one of the highest rental levels in the area.

Aesthetically the ‘new’ building features outward raking glazing to the southwest façade as a means of passively reducing solar heat gain and horizontally faceted glazing to the northeast to take advantage of the magnificent views across the London skyline. ‘Planning gain’, resulting from the increased office area, was dealt with entirely via environmental improvements which included a huge wind scoop above the Neathouse Place roadway which channels the building’s previously notorious down-draught safely away from pedestrians.

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No 1 Neathouse Place – Building Information

Title: No 1 Neathouse Place
Date: 1994-97
Client: Chesterfield Properties
Cost: £18m
Status: Completed October 1997

Westminster Society’s Award 1997
Glassex Award 1997
British Construction Industry Award 1997
Nominated for MIPIM Award 1998
British Council for Offices Award – Best Urban Workplace 1998
Millennium Products 1999
BIAT Award 1999
Civic Trust Commendation 1998
The National Lighting Design Award 1997/98
Aluminium Imagination Architectural Award “the Shapemakers Award” 1997

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Location: 1 Neathouse Place, London, England, UK

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