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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 White Collar Factory

Long-life green

In the epicentre of London’s Tech City, surrounded by Victorian warehouses, a simple idea, beautifully engineered. Enduring industrial qualities, applied to a modern workplace – with London’s highest running track.


🏢Building Details

  • 16-storeys, 237,000 sq. ft.

  • Mixed-use development: offices, retail, residential + new public square

  • Completed 2017, winner of 2018 NLA Awards (Wellbeing) + RIBA National Award

👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • EPC A + BREEAM Outstanding + LEED Platinum: achieved within normal construction budget through passive measures rather than add-on technologies

  • 10-33% reduction in operational energy costs per year + 25% reduction in operational carbon emissions over typical building

  • Openable windows + digital traffic light system = first spec office to provide natural ventilation – with guidance on optimal times to open and close

  • Concrete core cooling: chilled water pipes embedded in concrete slab enhances natural effect of thermal mass to regulate internal temperatures + provide radiant cooling

🥦 Wellbeing

  • WiredScore + SmartScore Platinum

  • Topped with 1,300 sq. ft. roof terrace + London’s highest running track = 150m to sprint, walk, decompress

  • Communal roof bar – every tenant gets free exclusive use 3 times a year to help promote their business

  • Building arranged around a new public square – Old Street Yard – with tree-lined courtyard, tranquil seating, and independent coffee shop

  • Two-level cycle hub encourages sustainable travel with space for 275 bikes in the basement

  • 3.5m floor to ceiling heights

🎈Bonus feature

The building was a culmination of an 8-year research project led by the architects investigating why refurbished Victorian warehouses prove more popular to tenants than the modern day, new build equivalent. It identified 5 key elements: high ceilings, deep plans, simple passive façades, concrete structure, smart servicing – the White Collar Factory’s driving principles.

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