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13 Oct 2014

Aldwych Quarter revamp completes

Words by  Photo by Hufton and Crow
  • Architect: John Robertson Architects
  • Location: London, UK

John Robertson Architects completes a revamp of grade II-listed Bush House in Aldwych, west London for Japanese owner Kato Kagaku

John Robertson Architects has completed one of London’s most extensive refurbishment projects, the 420,000sq m Aldwych Quarter. A collaboration between development manager JLL, contractor ISG and John Robertson Architects revamps the Grade II listed former home of the BBC World Service, Bush House, plus three adjoining buildings on the Northbank. It will feature 28,000sq m of ‘Cat A’ office space across Bush House, Strand House, King House and Melbourne House.

The north and south ends of Bush House will benefit from new rooftop terraces while in Strand House over a 100 tonnes of structural steel was inserted to fill an obsolete triangular lightwell and to improve the layout of the office space. The reception in Melbourne House was repositioned with a new lift core, stairs and toilets. New mansard roofs made from natural slate disguise the new building services in a uniform wrap.

John Robertson, principal director of John Robertson Architects, said: “Aldwych Quarter is a survivor from an age of grandeur and dignity – Bush House was the most expensive building in the world when it opened as a centre for transatlantic trade in the 1920s. Our refurbishment restores this unique heritage and has created a high quality office space ready for the demands of 21st Century occupiers. It will become an economic anchor for the area, providing occupiers with market-leading accommodation and facilities in this prime central location.”

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