Linklaters has signed a new lease agreement for 20 Ropemaker, a new development which will serve as the global firm’s London headquarters once completed.
The new building benefits from a prime City location, excellent facilities and flexible workspace that the firm will develop to create a state-of-the-art environment that will prioritise client service, employee health and wellbeing and help to attract and retain outstanding talent.
Gideon Moore, Firmwide Managing Partner, commented: “This is an exciting moment in the long history of Linklaters and represents an important step into our future. Throughout the selection process, what has been clear to us is the value that our people place on the environment in which they work and the extraordinary benefits that 20 Ropemaker, built by a developer committed to achieving the highest standards and carefully designed to meet our requirements, will bring to the firm and to our clients.”
Frank Filskow, Lead architect for 20 Ropemaker, Make architects added: “Our ambition for 20 Ropemaker Street is to create a sustainable workspace of the highest standard that focuses on its occupants’ wellbeing. The facade, which is self-shading, highly insulated and made from natural stone, will reduce the building’s embodied carbon and minimise its energy consumption. The stepped building form responds to the townscape and creates a series of extensive roof terraces that, combined with balconies on the majority of floors, give employees easy access to gardens, sunshine and fresh air. Glazed accommodation staircases and opening windows with uninterrupted views bring natural light into both work and circulation spaces while also encouraging the interconnection of floors, in turn promoting collaboration and healthy living among workers. With flexible floorplates and robust materials that will maximise its life, this building is part of a sustainable drive to fight the climate emergency and deliver workplaces that promote happiness, wellbeing and productivity.”
Tim Sketchley, Director, Old Park Lane Management Limited said: “We are very pleased indeed to be developing for Linklaters their new global headquarters building. When we deliver this building to Linklaters in 2024 it will represent not only 8 years of careful planning and preparation and construction but also the firm Old Park Lane Management Limited view that partnership with customers underpins long term value and the Family Office’s view that London is a key long-term hub for a lot of our Real Estate activities around the world. We recognise that the combination of sustainability, flexibility of space, value for money and the contribution that property can make to the wellness agenda of organisations should be the driving principles behind all developments for this decade and beyond.”
15/02/2020 14:24 by Buildington
Skanska has won a £240 million contract to construct 20 Ropemaker Street for its customer Great Elm Assets Limited in association with Old Park Lane Management Limited and their Development Partner CO—RE.
Skanska will install mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services in the 25-storey commercial project, due to start construction in the first quarter of 2020 and complete early in 2023. The existing buildings are currently being demolished in advance of construction commencing.
The scheme consists of 419,093 sq ft of office space and 11,785 sq ft of ground level retail space.
20 Ropemaker Street sits at a prominent City of London location, with the junction of Finsbury Pavement and will rise 112m high above pavement level, with a double-height retail unit within a ‘street block’ along Finsbury Pavement.
The project includes the creation of a double-height entrance and lobby along Ropemaker Street close to Moorgate Tube Station and a separate dedicated cycle entrance. A single storey of business space will be located at mezzanine level within the ‘street block’. Occupiable office space will cover 22 floors, with five accessible roof terraces. Three basement levels are provided for retail servicing, plant, facilities management, cycle and shower facilities.
Steve Holbrook, Managing Director, Building, commented: “We are delighted to win this contract and to welcome Great Elm as a customer. The project is aiming to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ and WELL Building Standard Version 2 – Platinum and we will use innovative construction techniques to help the client realise this ambition.
“Our innovative approach enables us to deliver better and more effective projects for customers and we look forward to working with our customer to achieve this on Ropemaker Street.”
The project has sustainable construction techniques at its heart that include:
• Efficient use of water and energy
• ‘zero waste to landfill’
• Materials that mitigate the impact of our operations on ecosystems
Designed by Make Architects, other consultants on the scheme include WT Partnership (quantity surveyors), Waterman (structural engineer) and Hilson Moran (services engineer, including sustainability).
15/02/2020 14:14 by Buildington
The new commercial tower development at 20 Ropemaker Street, designed by Make Architects, has gained consent from Islington Council this week.
The 27-storey scheme is developed by Park Lane Management and development management CORE.
Frank Filskow, partner at Make commented: “We are really excited to get started on this next generation of office building. The articulated form will deliver varied floorplates designed to foster a community of businesses and enhance the wellness of the occupants. Virtually every floor has access to outdoor roof terraces or balconies to create a better workplace.”
David Ainsworth CEO of CORE added: “We have been privileged to work with a great team to reach this milestone, and we are now looking forward to creating a game-changing building in this well connected location.”
Tim Sketchley from Old Park Lane Management Ltd said: “Ropemaker is an opportunity to develop an office complex that represents the future for commercial workspace with its design bringing together “lean and clean” technologies with amenity spaces, outstanding accessibility and provision for the health and well being of the people who will work in it. It is great that the Borough of Islington has recognised what the building will add to the market in the area.”
08/12/2017 11:30 by Buildington