Commercial development in Shoreditch, consisting of four connected blocks, offering a variety of office spaces and typologies to accommodate start-up tech companies.

2023 Brick Awards –  Shortlisted
2023 AJ Architecture Awards
– Workplace Project (over £20 million)

Located adjacent to Old Street Roundabout and Derwent’s award-winning White Collar Factory, the Featherstone Building is an 11-storey, 12,000m2 commercial office development on a sensitive site overlooking the historic Bunhill Fields. Materiality and texture are at the core of this project, with the rough concrete and irregularities of the brickwork in direct opposition with the contemporary glazed architecture typical in the City.

Hand-laid brickwork and sandblasted precast are revisited to accommodate large spans. Materials and finishes were chosen through careful and sensible sample selection and mock-ups.

Traditional construction methods are tuned up to respond to the current design standards and commercial demands. An apt illustration of the project’s ambitious design is the recessed reception area which features a big transfer structure with an exposed concrete soffit seemingly shooting past a six-metre double-height curtain wall glazed facade.

Our team carried out an extensive review of buildability options to understand how tradition and offsite construction methods could be employed and how these different strategies would inform the detailing.

Early collaboration with the design team has allowed us to find the optimal balance between NIA, thermal performance of the facade, and buildability.

For details on how net zero carbon was achieved, read more here: https://thefeatherstonebuilding.london

Location
London, UK

Client
Derwent

Architect
Morris + Company