Construction of modern, sophisticated, high quality office building

St James’s Place required a building which did not feel like a corporate office, but one which reflected its personality through a sophisticated design which would appeal to both their long standing and new clients. Being a carbon neutral company, the environmental credentials of this building were also extremely important.

The preparation of the construction site was completed in an environmentally friendly way, with over 50,000 tonnes of made ground being separated so that as much recyclable material as possible could be recovered.

The development consists of a high quality four-storey office in two blocks, joined by a feature glass street. The steel construction is clad in locally supplied natural limestone, in keeping with the local architecture, with the extensive use of glass giving the building an elegant and contemporary feel. The roofs are flat, ballasted and include a plant enclosure, paved terrace and extensive raised planting beds. Unique features also include brise soleil formed in steel and large sections of western red cedar; the front entrance is clad in black granite.

Internally, Kier’s joinery department contributed significantly by providing bespoke quality joinery throughout the building. The fit-out itself continues to enhance the building’s environmental credentials still further, with features including high frequency, energy efficient lighting with passive infra-red motion sensors; and an advanced heat recovery system to increase the efficiency of the heating and cooling of the building. High quality materials including limestone flooring, American black walnut and the extensive use of glass add to the contemporary, yet comfortable, feel of the building. The project won a BCO Award for best corporate workplace. A Plant enclosure, paved terrace and extensive raised planting beds have been installed on the roof