McLaren wins London office retrofit for Crown Estate

Aaron Morby 9 months ago
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The Crown Estate has picked McLaren Construction to deliver a full retrofit of the former British Council building near the Mall in central London.

Its 10 Spring Gardens office revamp will be one of the first in a series of development projects for The Crown Estate within its prime London portfolio.

Nestled in a historic area of London between The Mall and Trafalgar Square with views over St James’s Park, the project will upgrade the 8-storey building to achieve a NABERS 5* rating, EPC A and BREEAM Excellent.

Designed by Orms Architects, the refurbishment retains over 90% of the building’s structure and façade, minimising the use of new raw materials, while enhancing the quality of the office floor plates, amenity spaces and entrances.

The scheme will include greening in and around the building, alongside the delivery of new trees to support biodiversity in the area, while new windows will enhance the thermal performance of the envelope

Kristy Lansdown, head of development, The Crown Estate, said: We are excited to be bringing forward our development pipeline and are committed to delivering leading sustainable design and construction within the historic West End. 

The development will be testament to our placemaking priorities and vision to support the city’s renewal – ensuring it continues to be locally relevant and globally distinctive.”

John Butten, managing director for Major Projects at McLaren, said: “The retrofitting of 10 Spring Gardens will see the building transformed into a modern office space, reducing the carbon footprint during construction by retaining the existing structure.

“It’s more important than ever to conserve and recycle materials and McLaren will be supporting The Crown Estate in achieving high sustainability ratings for the refurbished space.”

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