Redevelopment of a 1980s office building known for its striated concrete base and red brick levels.

Red Lion Court is an existing 1980s office building originally designed by TP Bennet, it is characterised by a striated concrete base with red brick levels above. The new development will offer 230,000 sqft Grade A offices, including ground-floor shops, a health centre and a park. The scheme aims to offer the highest quality of office space whilst achieving very stringent sustainability targets including BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ and GLA’s 2030 benchmark of 600 kg CO2e/m2 GIA.

Eckersley O’Callaghan has been appointed as facade consultant to provide facade engineering services from Stage 2 to construction. As part of our scope, we are exploring various facade options to help reduce the embodied carbon of the facade whilst simultaneously keeping the whole life carbon of the building to a minimum. We are using an internally developed analytical tool to measure the embodied carbon of the facade for each design option. This is being carried out in conjunction with structures and MEP to achieve and track the sustainability goals in a holistic way.

We are not only offering design solutions that are more appropriate to the site, we are also inputting buildability and logistics advice to deliver the best quality design in the shortest programme time frame. The building features large cantilever slabs and a mix of reinforced concrete and cross laminated timber slabs meaning deflections need to be controlled tightly. The main structure will be erected using diagonal propping which affects the slab movement and facade installation strategy.

The project is an opportunity for us to apply some of our Research & Development tools and studies. With an ethos similar to our own, Landsec’s proactive and innovative attitude provides us with the opportunity to experiment with new materials, forms, and ways to reduce carbon through close engagement with the suppliers.

London, UK