Sixty London
15/05/2014 by Buildington
Sixty London at 60 Holborn Viaduct has won the prestigious ‘Best Large Commercial Building’ category at the London region Local Authority and Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards.

Nominated by the City of London Building Control, the award recognises building excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship.

The £60 million construction project delivered a new thirteen-floor state-of-the-art office building which was occupied, by world leading brand, Amazon, ahead of completion. With 30,000m2 of interior space, the building’s curving façade takes into account the area’s historic character and maintains important views of St. Paul’s Cathedral as well as the light requirements of its neighbours.

The building is built to high sustainability standards with features such as a solar heated hot water supply and automatic lighting controls, which adjust luminance according to sunlight. The building has been awarded BREEAM ‘Excellent’ status, the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.

The project was completed to an accelerated schedule utliising Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering to advance test and certify the existing piles and through close collaboration with the customer, AXA Real Estate, throughout.

The construction saw the blending of modern new features, such as hundreds of individually-shaped glazed units with historical aspects, such as the reinstatement of the original gatehouse and a statue of one of the City of London’s historic patrons, Sir Hugh Middleton which had been destroyed in the London Blitz.

Vince Lydon, Balfour Beatty Delivery Director (Strategic Projects), said: “We are delighted with this award which shows that Balfour Beatty is a leading constructor in delivering high quality commercial buildings in London. 60 Holborn is a landmark site in the City of London and this complex project required a sympathetic blend of modern and historic features which this award recognises has been successfully achieved.”

Balfour Beatty is engaged in a number of London’s most prestigious commercial contracts including St James’ Market, Sea Containers House, and the five-star Arora Hotel in Greenwich.

Source: Balfour Beatty 13. May 2014
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