The Wave Building, London

The Wave London, Farringdon Road Architecture, Design, EC1 Office Building

The Wave, London

Farringdon Road Offices Building, EC1, UK – design by HKR Architects

9 Jun 2008

The Wave London

HKR ARCHITECTS & FARRINGDON PROPERTY UNVEIL PLANS FOR THE CHANGING OF THE GUARDIAN

Design: HKR Architects

The Wave London

The London office of HKR Architects, the multi award-winning international architect and design practice, has unveiled its plans for a 210,000 sq ft £45million ultra sustainable landmark office building – The Wave, Farringdon Road, EC1 – on the site of the landmark Guardian newspaper building.

The Wave London

Taking its name from the form of the building, The Wave’s principles of orientation and envelope modelling have been developed to avoid excessive solar gain on the various facades, while utilising cutting edge technology to minimise energy use and generate on-site power through tri-generation, which contributes to the 21.6% renewable energy for the nine storey building.

A redevelopment of the current site, the new design will provide a powerful and positive building, re-establishing the location as a landmark and reflecting the creative ethos of London’s Clerkenwell. The Wave offers a commanding entrance on the corner of Farringdon Road and Ray Street, with ground floor (A1-A3) retail opportunities, flexible floor plates, with panoramic views of the London skyline from upper levels and roof terraces.

The site and its surrounding area are located within the Clerkenwell Green Conservation Area, and considered by the London Borough of Islington to have a strong urban character enhanced by the surviving pattern of narrow streets and historic buildings.

The Wave

Guardian newspapers occupy the existing building – constructed in the 1970s – and although printing doesn’t take place on-site, approximately 1,000 people work in the building, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The building is due to be vacated in early 2009.

Already served well by underground services and transportation services, the area is set to improve further with phase ll of the Crossrail, and is a thriving mixed-use destination for multi-national companies, the media industry and architecture practices.

John Maxwell, Director of Farringdon Property, said: “This is an exciting time for the area. The Wave will act as a first class example of best practice in new office design – right in the heart Farringdon, a uniquely creative and historic part of the City.”

Brian Woodward, lead architect from HKR Architects commented: “The modern and sustainable building will be aimed at the new office market and those who demand more in terms of location, energy efficiency, green credentials and flexibility. We believe The Wave will raise the bar when it comes to sustainable commercial office buildings.”

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HKR Architects is a leading international architecture and design practice with offices in Dublin, London, Manchester, Belfast and Prague. In 2008, HKR was ranked as Ireland’s leading architecture firm in Building Design’s World Architecture 100 Survey. The survey also ranked HKR as the 18th largest practice in the UK, the 25th largest in Europe and as the 68th largest practice in the world. HKR’s expertise spans several sectors including urban design and regeneration, offices, residential, retail, mixed use, hotels and resorts, education and health. HKR also has dedicated capabilities in masterplanning and public private partnership projects, and specialise in the design and corporate fitout of interiors for all buildings. HKR’s Dublin, London and Manchester offices have each been awarded the international ISO 9001:2000 certification reflecting a continuous, unrelenting focus on service standards.

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