Structural Engineer: ROC
Main Contractor: Bruntwood Facilities Management
Union is a refurbishment of a six-storey, 1980’s, purpose-built office block in the city centre.
The proposed works involve a full building refurbishment, focused around an enhanced ground floor reception, refurbished upper floor offices, and subtle enhancements to the building façade to improve both aesthetics and daylighting internally. The corner feature is to be re-modelled in order to serve as the focal point of each floorplate, with floor to ceiling, widened window openings providing views over Albert Square.
The reception is proposed to be greatly increased in size, and combined with a coffee shop, meeting space, a multi-use lecture space, and a staircase linking to serviced office space on the first floor. The space is designed as a progression of the traditional office reception space, serving as a focal point and social space for the building, providing flexible social, work and event space which will allow people and businesses to collaborate.
The upper floors use exposed concrete slabs and carefully designed exposed M&E services to create a considered, raw aesthetic – carefully using the best elements of the existing building, and combining them with contemporary technology to create attractive, sustainable workspace. The existing fifth floor mezzanine is to be removed to create a double-height floorplate, with enlarged rooflights providing enhanced daylighting and views across the city.
The project value is £5.2m, and the works are currently on site and due to complete summer 2017.