This spectacular development forms part of the wider regeneration of the Victoria area in London.
Occupying a prime site at the junction of Victoria Street and Buckingham Gate, this scheme provides 24,000m2 of premium office space and 1,500m2 of street level shops and restaurants.
A highly flexible modern office environment with large amounts of column-free space, the 13-storey development is designed for maximum tenant flexibility.
A new canopied pedestrian area connects the surrounding streetscape and provides space for pavement cafés and outdoor public seating.
We led the development of the highly complex cladding for the tilting glass planes that form the building’s envelope.
Our Design Group worked with the project structural designers on an alternative to the proposed secant wall for the basement, installation of which may have encountered difficulties due to the number of services around site. A less invasive solution was developed which had the added advantage of being quicker and quieter to install.
Almost all of the demolition waste was recycled as was the excavated sand and gravel.
A solar thermal system previously used on a number of other projects helped heat the water for the welfare facilities.
A classroom was set up on site as part of the National Skills Academy to provide training opportunities to those employed on the project. This also incorporated the Westminster Work Scheme to provide education and employment opportunities for the long-term unemployed. We worked with our supply chain to provide candidates for the schemes and long-term employment through our clients’ projects.
As an early signatory to the Victoria Employment Charter we also worked with Land Securities to provide training and work opportunities for the medium-term unemployed.
Located in an area in which client Land Securities has a number of ongoing projects, effective neighbourhood liaison was a key consideration. Our team comprised core members from the Watermark Place commercial development which won a Gold Award from the City of London Considerate Contractor Scheme.
The transparency that resulted from Building Information Modelling ultimately led to a more collaborative design process, resulting in more efficient and higher quality solutions.
62 Buckingham Gate is one of a series of prestigious contracts for Land Securities. Previous projects include the redevelopment of Birmingham’s Bullring, New Street Square, Cardinal Place and 30 Gresham Street in London, and The Gate leisure and retail development in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
The project was named winner of the Best Large Commercial Building category at the London Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards 2015 and won a Silver Considerate Constructors Scheme 2013 National Site Award.