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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Angel Building

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Lumbering, unloved 1980s office block, saved from demolition. Occupied by BT for many decades until 2006, Angel Building was redefined in 2010: a restrained piece of enlightened modern architecture.


🏢Building Details

  • Completed 2010, grade A offices + ground floor retail units

  • 6-storeys, 268,300 sq ft: providing 40% more functional area than previously

  • Winner of 16 awards: including 2011 BCO Award – Best Recycled Workplace

👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • BREEAM Excellent + EPC B + 20% reduction in CO2 emissions through renewable technology

  • 7,400 tons of embodied CO2 saved through re-using existing frame = equivalent of running the entire new building for 13 years

  • New highly energy-efficient glass and steel skin wraps around the building, replacing dated mirrored glass – featuring openable windows

  • Displacement ventilation enables offices to be naturally ventilated 80% of operating hours, significantly reducing energy consumption: mechanical ventilation using roof-top chillers kicks in when it’s hotter

  • Water-efficient taps + non-flush urinals = 455,000 WC flushes per year saved

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Forgotten inner service courtyard transformed into a grand top-lit public atrium at heart of the building – offering a variety of informal spaces to convene + relax

  • Reception area staffed by Office Concierge, providing hotel level of service

  • Extensive outdoor space: 23,000 sq. ft. of wraparound terraces + top floor sky terrace offering some of London’s best panoramic views for all occupants to enjoy

🎈Bonus feature

Extending almost 9,500 sq. ft., the atrium is home to the spectacular sculpture – “Out of the Strong” – by Ian McChesney. The organically shaped, carbon fibre sculpture provides throne-like public seating. Inspiration for its shape came from letting treacle fall from a spoon: the resulting form was then inverted.

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