Hong Kong developer Chinese Estates Holdings plans to build new stepped 21-storey office building and rejuvenate the listed former Daily Express newspaper headquarters at 120 Fleet Street.
ISG, Lendlease and Mace are understood to be in the race for the 600,000 sq ft flagship build project, which will start construction next summer when demolition is complete.
The design of 120 Fleet Street redevelopment to be known as the Evergo Tower strives for very high environmental standards.
To achieve the ultimate goal of being carbon neutral, over half (52%) of the existing building’s concrete structure is being retained by reusing most of the existing foundation and basement retaining walls.
London Diamond Drilling has secured the job to drill 800mm diameter holes up to 4m deep for pilling rigs when they start reinforcing existing foundations for the larger building.
35,500 sq ft of green landscape on the stepped south-facing office floor terraces will create a green oasis in the middle of its urban neighborhood.
The new scheme designed by architect Bjarke Ingels Group ticks all the planning boxes for green space, public access and improved post-pandemic office environments for workers.
Project starts to renovate the art deco Daily Express Building and replace the adjoining River Court, vacated by Goldman Sachs
The upper floors of the main new office building will provide a flight of south-facing landscaped terraces for office occupiers.
While the art deco Daily Express building beside will be transformed into a publicly accessible cultural destination with social and educational outreach.
It will become home to a free publicly accessible landscaped public roof garden.
The Daily Express Building, a Grade IIlisted iconic Art Deco building, will be revitalized and become an ultra premium art and cultural hub.
The carbon emissions of the new Grade-A commercial development will only be around 25% of the office building it replaces, with reduced energy consumption targeted at 46 kilowatts per square meter per year.
Targeting to meet the high demands of international top-tier commercial occupiers, the property will seek to achieve the highest certifications of major international ratings, including BREEAM (Outstanding), WELL (Platinum), NABERS (5-Star) , and WiredScore (Platinum).
The project also involves an innovative ‘Cycle House’ with 85 short stay and 149 long stay cycle parks and a café.
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