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Layden House, London

Refurbishing the Local Government Association’s Layden House office in Farringdon

  • London, United Kingdom

    London, United Kingdom

Transforming an inefficient office into a building that responds to the local commercial market

Layden House is an office building occupying a prominent site opposite Farringdon Station, London. Due to its age, the client wanted to refurbish the building. Their goal was to maximise income by extending upward and outward—they hoped to increase floor area by 20%.

The refurbishment included the redesign and re-provision of all mechanical and electrical (M&E) services, replacement of the primary façade, internal fit out, and conversion of existing ground floor office space to café/restaurant space. We were appointed to provide multidisciplinary design services for a low-energy refurbishment including a full suite of design services with in-house structural, mechanical and electrical, ecology and acoustics services.

Working with the architectural team, we undertook several façade analyses, in order to determine a balance between the use of passive systems whilst maintaining adequate internal daylight. As a direct result of this, the retention and reuse of existing structure, combined with new M&E services, creating a high-quality office gained at a low carbon cost.

The final project presented an economic transformation from the existing building to be changed from an inefficient office to a new specification responding to the local commercial market, increasing floor area and occupancy but reducing carbon emissions.

At a Glance

  • City of London
  • Homes England
Architect of Record
Hawkins Brown
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Rahul Patalia, Director, Buildings

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Rahul Patalia

Director, Buildings

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