John Robertson Architects is currently undertaking the interior fit out of 51 Moorgate for Skanska. The building provides a new office for Skanska and is located in the City of London. It comprises 4000m2 of office space, with Skanska based across three storeys of the building and the further five upper floors let to other occupants.
JRA’s designs for the office have been created in close consultation with the client and the tenant steering committee. The design team also carried out space utilisation and occupational studies to determine the final layouts, introducing fully agile working to the office floors. The designs incorporate a number of features specific to Skanska and its business functions, such as PPE rooms, collaboration areas, and wayfinding and detailing inspired by the company’s branding. The brief put wellbeing at the centre of the fit-out and JRA has been guided by the WELL Certification to incorporate measures that improve user experience and health, aiming to be one of the first in the UK to receive the WELL Building Platinum Standard, Version Two, alongside BREEAM ‘Excellent’. The designs incorporated living walls, break out spaces, dining areas, cycle facilities and kitchenettes on each floor, as well as a dedicated technology free ‘wellbeing room’. These spaces have been enhanced by the Scandinavian inspired natural colour palette and material choice.
JRA carried out the base build at 51 Moorgate, refurbishing the original 1980s building by creating new elevations on both Moorgate and Coleman Street, bringing the offices up to BCO standards, and replacing obsolete building services.