🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 White Collar Factory
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.
16-storeys, 237,000 sq. ft.
Mixed-use development: offices, retail, residential + new public square
👷🏾♀️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
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
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.
🔗 Check it out https://www.ahmm.co.uk/projects/office/white-collar-factory/