Description of 245 Hammersmith Road
245 Hammersmith Road is a commercial development in Hammersmith, London W6.
The 10-storey scheme will provide 242,000 sq ft of flexible office accommodation and 13,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space at ground level, as well as exciting new public space for the local community.
Situated in the centre of Hammersmith, in the core office location and close to the main transport hub, the property was purchased by LGP in August 2012. Replacing a 1980s office building, rather than comprising a single structure like the existing Bechtel House, the new design reduces the mass of the development by forming the building from two parallel wings that are connected by a central core.
Providing an inviting entrance, the development will be stepped back from Hammersmith Road, creating a new landscaped plaza space at the front of the scheme that leads through to a podium garden. A funicular lift mediates the 26 ft change of level between the two external spaces.
The office space has been designed to accommodate between one and 29 tenants, with the floor plates and servicing providing the maximum level of flexibility. Further connecting the office spaces and the development as a whole to the local community, the project will include a business lounge at ground level and a café that will also be open to the public.
The external façade of the development is characterised by the use of angled anodised aluminium windows, which have been designed to create a dialogue with the architectural language of the adjacent Conservation Area where terracotta brick is commonplace. The angled aluminium panels in the façades are tailored to their orientation, minimising solar gain and providing dynamic elevations which respond to the changing levels of light during the day.
2014 November - planning permission granted.
Mark Kowal from Sheppard Robson said: “The ambition and drive behind this project is to create a significant piece of contemporary architecture and a sense of place that responds to the adjacent Brook Geen Conservation Area whilst also helping embed this new development within its surroundings." - November 2014.
Formerly known as Bechtel House.
Work started on site in September 2015.