Napier House, London EC1

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Client: LBS Properties Ltd

Value: £7,017,000

Contract: Design and Build

Project Manager: Quantem Consulting

Architect: Buckley Gray Yeoman

Quantity Surveyor: Quantem Consulting

Structural Engineer: Heyne Tillett Steel

M&E Consultant: Chapman BDSP

 

The pre-existing Napier House, was a small, five-storey, steel frame 1980’s building, sandwiched between two elegant Edwardian façades on Brunswick Place on the edge of Shoreditch. It is part of a new commercial development which includes a substantial refurbishment and extension (by others) of an adjacent building called Hertford House. The development has now been renamed Chapter and Verse.

Napier House was completely demolished at the commencement of this project. The new, enlarged building at Napier House provides 26,000ft² GIA of Cat A office space with exposed services and structure giving a modern, fresh environment for incoming tenants.

The new building is a steel frame construction on a piled raft foundation. The external elevations consist of dark grey brick cladding and two-storey feature glazing, with openable vents to provide fresh air to the floors. Precast concrete plank floors form the as-seen soffit and a raised floor void conceals the underfloor air conditioning, which will be fed into the office space by carefully positioned fan tiles. Lights, fire alarms and ancillaries use a single trunking system limiting the exposed services in the ceiling. Two lifts, a single stair, and a core of superloos and risers complete the build.