245 Hammersmith Road, W6 London, UK

Sheppard Robson’s new £115m building at 245 Hammersmith Road (formerly Bechtel House) creates a prominent architectural addition and sequence of new public spaces in the area’s Business Improvement District (BID).

The scheme will provide 22,500m2 of flexible office space and 970m2 of retail space. Rather than being a single structure like the existing Bechtel House on the site, Sheppard Robson’s design reduces the mass of the development by forming the building from two parallel wings that are connected by a central core, which houses circulation space and services.

Client
  • Legal & General Investment Management Ltd / Mitsubishi Estate Co
Size
32,592 m2

Understanding

We thought very carefully about rooting the development within its civic setting and how we could bring an underused public space back to life.

Rather than being a single structure like the existing Bechtel House on the site, Sheppard Robson’s design reduces the mass of the development by forming the building from two parallel wings that are connected by a central core, which houses circulation space
and services.

Understanding

Design Process

An understanding of how to use public space to give the project a civic quality was developed in conjunction with designing a building that was efficient and visually assertive.

The external form of the building is characterised by the use of angled anodised aluminium window surrounds, which have been specified to create a dialogue with the architectural language of the adjacent Conservation Area where terracotta brick is commonplace.The angled aluminium panels in the façades are tailored to their orientation, minimising solar gain and providing dynamic elevations which respond to the changing levels of light during the day.

Design Process

Successes

By working closely with our interior design group ID:SR, we have created a development that – inside and out – is tailored for media and fashion occupiers. This includes interior concepts for the reception spaces and a range of work settings that have been designed to the specific requirements of those sectors.

Successes

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