Bush House, one of the largest refurbishment projects in central London celebrated refurbishment progress with a topping out ceremony, symbolised by the lighting of the Bush House Christmas tree.
Part of the 300,000 sq ft Aldwych Quarter scheme which consists of four office buildings, the 120,000 sq ft, Bush House Centre Block, the iconic heart of the Quarter is undergoing extensive and creative refurbishment under the management of Jones Lang LaSalle. Aldwych Quarter also includes 35,000 sq ft, Melbourne House, 85,000 sq ft, Strand House and 55,000 sq ft, King House.
Andrew Williams, Director in Jones Lang LaSalle’s Project Management team, pivotal in the redevelopment of Bush House said: “The project represents a fine example of innovative refurbishment to generate new life and a strong future from what had been a declining asset. The refurbishment scheme will allow for separation of the blocks in to four standalone buildings each with their own entrance hall and M&E installations, capable of letting individually and on a floor by floor basis.”
“Since Spring 2013 the old BBC offices and studios have been stripped out, a vast undertaking which involved the removal of over 11,000 tonnes of waste of which nearly 99% was recycled. The Centre Block’s listed art deco features, marble halls and staircases will be retained and fully restored to their former glory while the building will have a BREEAM rating targeted at ‘Excellent.”
Paul Cossell, Managing Director of ISG’s fit out and engineering services business – the main contractor tasked with delivering this high profile project, commented: “Reaching this significant milestone highlights the key importance of a collaborative approach when delivering projects of the scope, scale and complexity of the Aldwych Quarter redevelopment. By working in such close co-operation and really understanding our customer’s requirements, we have developed an innovative programme that significantly reduces project duration and provides the option for phased occupation.”
John Robertson, Director of John Robertson Architects, said: “This is a very important project for Aldwych and the Strand. The team’s challenge has been to restore Aldwych Quarter to its original status as an economic anchor for the area: providing the client and future tenants with market-leading accommodation and facilities while celebrating the valuable and unique heritage of the buildings.”
The topping out ceremony on the 16th of December 2013 was hosted by Sadao Kato, Managing Director of Kato Kagaku and will be attended by key design and construction team members for the project including ISG and John Robertson Architects as well as Jones Lang LaSalle’s development, project and cost management teams.
Japanese owners Kato Kagaku appointed Jones Lang LaSalle to market the 300,000 sq ft Aldwych Quarter scheme in July 2012.
The four buildings are scheduled for completion and delivery to the market during Q2 2014.
Source: Jones Lang LaSalle www.joneslanglasalle.co.uk 17.12.2013
18/12/2013 19:23 by Buildington
ISG has been awarded a circa £52 million project by Japanese owner Kato Kagaku Co. Ltd to substantially refurbish the iconic former home of the BBC World Service – Bush House in central London. One of the largest commercial office refurbishment schemes to be awarded in 2013, the completed project, which encompasses four buildings on site, will be renamed the Aldwych Quarter.
The project sees ISG deliver over 300,000 sq. ft. of lettable high specification Cat A office accommodation across the four buildings and central courtyard with under-croft, that make up the Aldwych Quarter. ISG will sensitively strip out the buildings to shell and core and comprehensively upgrade and modernise the internal space, installing new mechanical and electrical services, replacing 14 of the existing lifts and delivering an additional lift to enhance accessibility.
Three of the buildings are targeting a BREEAM Excellent environmental performance rating and ISG will achieve significant sustainable enhancements through improved insulation and the highly efficient services installation. The contractor will re-roof all four buildings, clean the façades, carry out masonry repairs and replace a number of windows as part of an external envelope package of works. Numerous architecturally listed elements will also be cleaned, repaired and preserved, including the Bush House portico, staircases and lobby areas.
ISG will reconfigure and rationalise space across all four buildings to create a contemporary open plan office layout. The Cat A fit out includes the installation of raised access floors and suspended ceilings, four new high specification reception areas, new cycle facilities and toilets. The programme has been carefully designed to enable the phased handover of accommodation, enabling the marketing agent, Jones Lang LaSalle, the opportunity to provide potential tenants with flexible occupation scenarios.
David Lawther, ISG Chief Executive, said:
"We are witnessing growing improvement in activity across the London Fit Out market and this latest win reinforces ourposition as the sector’s lead contractor.”
Source: ISG www.isgplc.com May 2013
29/05/2013 21:45 by Buildington
Permission granted for:
Alterations at roof level to facilitate the installation of new plant equipment, extension of north east fire escape staircase from second to ground floor, opening up of windows on north and south side of eighth floor for access to new terraces, removal of ancillary plant floorspace to create double-height plant areas, internal works including installation of five passenger lifts, removal of BBC studios, installation of new raised floors and ceilings, air conditioning ductwork and equipment, removal of asbestos lined radiant panels, insulation of external walls and provision of secondary glazing.
Source: Westminster City Council www.westminster.gov.uk/planning
Ref. no: 12/07076/FULL
Decision date: 28.01.13
05/03/2013 10:04 by Buildington
The BBC World Service will be relocated to Broadcasting House at Portland Place W1 in early March and Bush House should be empty by summer. The BBC World Service has been housed in Bush House since 1940.
01/03/2012 11:12 by Buildington