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The site now comprises Bury House, Renown House and the heritage Grade II* listed Holland House.
To be able to viably reduce the height of the tower, we have purchased adjoining buildings. These provide opportunities for some larger floor plates at lower floors that could possibly be pre-let.
The larger floor plate supports the viability of reducing the number of the small floors within the Bury House footprint as a result of being able to assume a proportion of pre-letting.
The current buildings are similar in age.
Bury House was originally constructed in 1967 and consists entirely of office accommodation. The offices are arranged over Ground plus 6 Storeys providing 27,696 of office space, a single storey basement provides ancillary storage and 18 car spaces.
Renown House was constructed in 1912 was originally developed in 1912, and is also used as office space, though the building currently sits vacant.
Holland House was originally constructed in 1916 by the Dutch architect, Hendrik Peters Berlage for the German-Dutch shipping, steel and mining conglomerate W.H. Muller & Co. much like Bury House it is ground Plus six Storeys used predominantly for office space though it also is currently vacant.
Due to their age, the buildings have a number of issues facing them including: damaged facades, poor sustainability credentials and limited cycle parking and end of trip facilities and office space which no longer meets the needs or expectations of modern office tenants, particularly in regard to their lack of external amenity space for office users.
Statistics show that small leases in the city providing space for 99% of employer’s (in the city) who are SME’s is growing year on year since 2020 pandemic. Plus, the perceived requirement is 10million sqft of additional space requirements.
Our approach will see a significant enhancement of the surrounding public realm, including the reintroduction of the historic Heneage Lane and St James Court, a new Pocket Park reimagining a historic City Court which is available 24 hours a day as a place for dwelling and reflection. As part of our approach we will also deliver the creation of Creechurch Hall, a 339 sqm multi functional auditorium space delivering a range of uses including but not limited to lectures, sports and rehearsals. Additionally we will deliver 120 sqm of urban farm
With detail whole Life Cycle Carbon Analysis we will develop the proposals to provide the most sustainable solution in respect of embodied and operational carbon. The newly redeveloped Holland House will be serviced from the MEP within Bury House and the combined operational carbon of the new development is less than the current.
Our proposals will deliver a genuinely sustainable development, in line with and, where possible, exceeding policy definitions and requirements set out in the National Planning Policy Framework, the London Plan and the emerging draft City Plan.
We are targeting the following accreditations:
Our approach to the materiality of the building has been formed with sustainability at the forefront. The materials used for this collection of buildings will reflect this, with construction waste being minimised and we will use lower embodied carbon construction materials where possible.
We have chosen to follow a colour palate which reflects that of the eastern cluster and which are contextually appropriate for the immediate vicinity.
A combined loading bay will be incorporated, thus removing Holland and Renown House from street servicing.
Our approach will see a substantial reduction in vehicle trips to the site with consolidated deliveries and servicing through a dedicate on-site yard, accessed via Heneage Place and thereby removing current on street servicing. Holland House and Renown House will also be upgraded to bring them in line with current access and fire regulations. The buildings will be serviced through a shared core allowing us to reduce the overall height of the scheme
We plan on submitting our planning application in late-2023 and for it to be determined in early-2024.
Pending a successful determination, we intend on starting construction in early 2025.
We anticipate that the proposal will take approximately 4 years to deliver.