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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 16 Old Bailey

Updated: Sep 13, 2022

Grade II listed green

Imposing and historically important, evoking the grand buildings of Paris. Sensitively redeveloped to meet demands of today’s occupants.


🏢Building Details

  • 115,000 sq. ft. across 10 floors

  • Completed Feb 2021, refurbishment, extension + re-positioning of historic listed building

  • 2 interconnected elements = listed façade (1912) + larger western extension (1999)

👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • BREEAM Excellent + EPC A + WiredScore Platinum

  • Extensive structural + façade retention = significant reduction in embodied carbon

  • Retained 92% of original structure + 74% of existing double-glazed unitised cladding

  • Space optimisation: separate office wings unified into simple floor plate (relocating lift + stair core), increasing usable floor area by 23,000 sq. ft. across 2 new floors – infilling redundant atrium

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Sense of light + spaciousness – double height reception elegantly transformed to reflect Edwardian baroque façade

  • Informal meeting spaces with oak joinery + soft seating reminiscent of hotel lobby, welcoming visitors and creating calm

  • 4 landscaped outdoor terraces with unobstructed, panoramic views – toward Old Bailey High Court and the City

  • Enviable location within the Square Mile, 5 min walk to St. Paul’s Cathedral

🎈Bonus feature

The Grade II listed Britannia House was originally built in 1912 for the Chatham & Dover Railway Company, alongside an open railway track and Holborn Viaduct station. It functioned as offices and parcel depot with vehicular movement throughout the ground floor. Proof: contemporary can be timeless.

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