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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 YY London

Wharf green

Dating back to 1991, the former home of Thomas Reuters and one of Canary Wharf’s first steel-framed blocks, YY London has now been comprehensively reimagined.


🏢Building Details

  • Comprehensive refurb: addition of 3 new floors + 25% extra NIA

  • 415,000 sq ft., 14 floors

  • Completed 2023

👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • BREEAM Outstanding + WiredScore Platinum + EPC B

  • Retained existing structure and pile foundations = 10,260 tonnes CO2 saved = 7,600 flights to Sydney

  • 25% extra floorspace created through infilling an existing atrium and increasing building’s massing

  • 100% electric energy strategy: smart meter systems + central heat pumps and heat recovery = reduced overall energy demand by 62%

  • High-performance façade: with distinctive Y shaped design that lends the project its name

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Triple-height reception: with public seating, bars, and fine dining restaurant providing a vibrant heart

  • Outside space on almost every floor – plus sweeping 1,300 sq ft rooftop terrace available for event hire and exercise classes

  • Floor-to-ceiling glazing increases natural light to all floors: some widows over 5m high

  • Cycle facilities: luxurious changing rooms, 300 lockers, 30 showers, 300 secure spaces

🎈Bonus feature

With the opening line, “the problem with straight lines is they don’t know how to bend” – Director Isaac Holland has created this intriguing animation for this office-redefining building.

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