JRA is delighted to announce that our refurbishment of the grade II* listed Bracken House in the City of London has been shortlisted for a 2020 BCO Award in the Refurbished/Recycled Workplace category.
Bracken House was originally designed by Sir Albert Richardson in 1959 as The Financial Times (FT) headquarters. Later, in 1988 it was extensively remodelled in the High-Tech style by Michael Hopkins & Partners. After an absence of almost 30 years, JRA’s sensitive refurbishment has made it possible for the FT to return to this iconic building.
The 18,600m2 building is now a singular, contemporary workplace with an enhanced street presence, business lounge, state of the art office floors, and a spacious roof terrace. The previous architectural interventions have been unified and the team has made considered additions to the building, extending its longevity and improving flexibility.
The success of the project lies in sustaining a 20th century icon, bringing it in line with the best of modern buildings by carefully balancing conservation and progression to keep the original spirit of the design alive. JRA and the team have brought new life to Bracken House, collaborating to create a headquarters for the future.
The regional awards will be announced at an award ceremony in London on 28th April 2020.