Premier Place is a commercial building that occupies a site in London’s financial district, once home to BT’s Houndsditch Telephone Exchange.
Designed by Bennett Associates in 2002, the existing building provides office accommodation over eight floors and three basements, and is supported by a clever load-bearing façade of exposed steel and glass. Following a change of ownership, the building has now undergone a complete refurbishment.
Although Premier Place is still very much in demand as an office location – with its position near Liverpool Street station – it’s in need of an update and rationalisation to meet the requirements of the current city market.
As well as updating a number of the building services and provisions – with BCO 2014 compliant shower and changing facilities, cycle storage and improved lifts and cores – the building benefits from a new high-quality entrance on Devonshire Place.
A number of structural alterations to the existing building accommodate this refurbishment. A new vertical circulation core with a bank of 8 new lifts has been installed through the building and existing lift cores infilled to provide additional accommodation. Part of the first-floor structure has been demolished to open up the new ground floor reception area and there is a significant remodelling of the roof areas to support the new plant for the building.
With the structure and services coordination to maximise the effectiveness of the building, the building is targeting BREEAM 'Excellent'.