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55 Baker Street
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55 Baker Street

  • Location London, UK
  • Status Built
  • Service Architecture
  • Sectors Retail, Workplace
  • Area 75,000m²/807,300ft²
  • Client London and Regional Properties

Our renovation of 55 Baker Street, a 1950s office building carefully looked after in Portland Stone, has brought the development’s four blocks and surrounding street back to life. Rather than building from scratch, we added a new layer of design that re-engages the building with the street.

Spanning the space between the blocks are three new frontages that join together to create a dynamic modulating glass facade – a glass lens of sorts that unifies the whole scheme. The structure is designed to reduce solar gain and, coupled with a chilled beam system, minimises energy use throughout, earning the scheme an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating. Inside is a range of flexible, efficient office spaces, and behind the building is a development of 23 mews houses, including key worker accommodation.

The development not only provides new homes and offices; it invites the public in. We reclad the ground floor entirely, devoting it to stores, cafés and restaurants, and added a major new entrance through the central facade that leads to a spectacular seven-storey atrium.

By retaining the original building and prioritising energy efficiency, we developed a cost-effective scheme that’s given Baker Street new office, residential and public spaces, plus a reinvigorated streetscape.

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Awards

  • UK Aluminium in Renovation Awards 2009 Commendation – Cladding
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards 2009 Finalist – Regeneration
  • London District Surveyors Association Building Excellence Awards 2009 Winner
  • British Council for Offices Awards 2009 Winner – Refurbished Recycled Workplace, London and South East Region
  • IStructE Structural Awards 2008 Commendation – David Alsop Sustainability Award
  • Structural Steel Design Awards 2008 Certificate of Merit
  • Concrete Society Awards 2008 Winner – Sustainability

Project Team

Arup Access, BAM, Blyth & Blyth, DP9, Expedition, Jason Bruges Studio, Land Use, Light Bureau Ltd, Tweeds
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