We are very pleased to be delivering final BREEAM certification for the transformation of the iconic Central House in Whitechapel, London.
Originally built in the 1960s, The Rowe was an educational building housing the School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University until this moved to its new home in 2017. The building’s nickname of the ‘Aldgate Bauhaus’ reflected its enduring association with the creative world.
BAM has successfully completed the ambitious redevelopment for real estate developer, manager and investor Frasers Property UK – delivering a sustainable, innovative and environmentally conscious building despite numerous technical challenges. The AHMM designed office scheme not only achieves a BREEAM Excellent rating, but is also seeking WELL Platinum certification.
The Rowe delivers not only a refurbishment of the existing 1960s landmark, but also adds six new floors on top of the existing six floors in the form of a striking glass, steel and concrete extension – reflecting the original modernist design while bringing a 15,000m² space to 21st century standards. An additional four/five storey side extension was also added.
To facilitate the new extension on top of the building, the existing façade was restrained by an external steel frame, while the inside of the building was cut away. A new concrete structure was then built to the lower storeys and a new steel structure was created to support the additional six levels on top.
Sustainability, Health & Wellness
One of the standout aspects of The Rowe is its commitment to sustainability. The Rowe will see a carbon emission reduction of 45% compared to standard office buildings and provides more than 1,500m² of external space and private terraces on each floor. 47% of windows are openable, and with powerful smart technology features, biophilic design and an innovative HVAC design including a chilled beam system to the lower floors, The Rowe sets a benchmark for central, prime office space.
To find more information on how BAM met the considerable challenges onsite see here.
Photo credits Timothy Soar
- BREEAM New Construction Assessment