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1 Park Place

year: 2009-2010

client: Grattan Property

HCLA obtained planning permission in 2008 for redevelopment of 1 Park Place to provide a 1,271,560 sq ft office scheme in heart of London’s Canary Wharf.

The building’s iconic appearance has been derived from its environmental, structural, and waterside location, it will provide a new high quality aesthetic that has a long identity and a close range material quality. The facade design expresses the diagonal structure elements that provide lateral stability, these help provide the long range identity to the building that is very different to the more traditional orthogonal buildings in canary wharf.

The site is located at the western end of Canary Wharf, a prominent gateway location for Docklands. The existing office building on the site was it built in 1986 provided 50,000 sq ft. The site is one of a few that has frontage onto the grade I listed West India Dock.

The new building and the works to improve the dockside location and waterside environment will make an attractive and enjoyable address for a new prominent iconic office building. The proposed development at One Park Place has been designed to greatly improve the public realm around the dock by providing a dockside walkway enlivened with retail and restaurant facilities.

The above ground levels of the building will provide 919,370 sq ft NIA. of first class office accommodation over 45 floors, with superb views over West India dock and the wider area. Typical floor plates range in size from 20,000 up to 26,000 sqft NIA. Floors are designed to be easily sub-divisible. The overall net to gross of the building is 72.3%.

The proposed building has an iconic design; its environmental performance have been designed from the outset to set new standards in commercial building design. Park Place will provide an exemplar of low carbon design for a city office development. Detailed analysis has resulted in the optimisation of each façade to minimise the combined energy consumption by cooling and artificial lighting leading to a very "lean" building. Combined with very high energy efficiency specifications for all the building services, this design has far lower CO2 emissions than allowed under current Part L Building Regulations and is expected to be significantly better than even the anticipated 2010 update. In addition to very lean design, a trigeneration scheme will be installed powered by a renewable fuel. This will give further savings of between 20 and 25% in carbon emissions. Overall, this exceptional building will produce less than half the total CO2 emissions of the base case office building of the London Plan Energy Strategy.

In addition to low carbon design, the building has been assessed for more wide ranging sustainability using BREEAM. It is predicted that an Excellent rating will be achieved.