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199 Bishopsgate, London EC2

Client: British Land

JRA’s sustainable refurbishment of 199 Bishopsgate shows how Broadgate can continue to set the pace in the City office market. We have upgraded the office space to an even higher quality than the original, and improved its environmental performance from a standard fit for the 1990s to BREEAM Excellent rating. The resulting design is occupier focused, robustly specified and maintains its structural adaptability. ‘Calibrated’ energy modelling, using data from a similar building, was applied to predict occupant energy use. This provided a calculator tool which demonstrates the energy and carbon impact associated with end user decisions as well as operational decisions to promote ongoing sustainability in the workplace. Green roofs and nesting boxes are among the biodiversity features.

AJ100 Awards: Value Excellence Award Winner

‘This was a clear, logical and hard-headed approach to refurbishing an underperforming 1992 Skidmore Owings and Merrill Broadgate office building. The improvements, increased flexibility and established the building’s identity as a commercial palazzo, with an enlarged entrance relocated to its Bishopsgate frontage, displaying the high Modernist confidence of Skidmore Owings and Merrill’s best work.’
AJ – Value Excellence Judges