Structural Engineer: ROC
Main Contractor: Bruntwood FM
Union is a refurbishment of a six-storey, 1980’s, purpose-built office block in the city centre.
The works involved 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 has been re-modelled in order to serve as the focal point of each floorplate, with floor to ceiling, widened window openings providing picture window views over Albert Square.
The reception is currently being 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 has been 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 majority of the works completed October 2017. The large ground floor reception/cafe/social space is currently under construction.