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ST AWARDS 2018

WINNER Project of the Year COMPANY: AKT II & Fosters & Partners Project: Bloomberg European HQ

Located on a uniquely challenging site, totalling a million square feet of bespoke end-user-led office space, Bloomberg’s European HQ comprises two integrated buildings over a common basement podium island site in the City of London and is setting new standards in quality of design and sustainability. The whole building has been designed around a specific way of working: as the workforce enters the building, they are guided to the ‘Pantry’ at the top floor via the ‘Vortex’, and then filter back down the building using either the central spiralling ramp or by using the scenic lifts, which use an off-set rear-mounted running frame; a world first. The Vortex sits in the main reception of the Bloomberg European HQ in London, envisaged as the place where the building’s different users first converge before moving up to the Pantry. The space is defined by three large curved walls of timber,

respectively rotated 120 degrees and reciprocally connected at the top, creating a twisting effect in this large hall. The underlying geometry is strictly connected to the hypotrochoidal function that describes the seven-storey connecting ramp, which sits right above the vortex. A key objective was for the Bloomberg HQ to be an exemplar of sustainability, and the design achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating with the highest design-stage score ever achieved by any major office development. High-quality, natural, selffinish materials were selected wherever possible to not only promote a greater

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sense of well-being, but also for durability in order to minimise maintenance and reduce requirements for repair and renewal. Throughout the project the latest in digital fabrication technology and offsite assembly was used to deliver a contemporary design that was quick, easy and safe to install. A strict tolerance was set in the fabrication to allow the acoustic cladding panels to be fabricated off-site and delivered ready to fit. These panels were constructed using a traditional ‘tongue and groove’ system of connections, which have relatively little tolerance, so accuracy of construction was essential. Wherever possible, materials were either made from recycled content or from a material that is inherently recyclable in the future. Timber clearly meets all these criteria; a natural material that ages gracefully and can improve in appearance over time. All timber used in the project was FSC-certified and sourced from within Europe. Materials were assessed for embodied energy based on its whole life cycle, where high-quality, low maintenance and enduring materials were sourced globally to deliver a building that will stand the test of time and improve with age, rather than require regular renewal and replacement. For more information and general enquiries visit: www.akt-uk.com www.fosterandpartners.com

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Structural Timber Magazine Special Edition 2018  

The Structural Timber Magazine Special Edition 2018 features all of the winners from this years outstanding Structural Timber Awards! www.s...

Structural Timber Magazine Special Edition 2018  

The Structural Timber Magazine Special Edition 2018 features all of the winners from this years outstanding Structural Timber Awards! www.s...

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