The 10-story office building at the southern end of Berkeley Square will be built with an away frame’ structure to increase the building’s reuse potential. This structural design, created by architects AHMM with a long life and loose fit philosophy, permits larger floor plates and a centralised core to be altered and re-used for future owners without requiring the building to be dismantled. The building’s core is designed to be secondary to the building’s stability and may thus be upgraded in the future without compromising the principal structure’s integrity, reports Contract Journal.
The 225,000 sq ft offices, with 14,000 sq ft of shops and restaurants on the ground level, are being brought forward by developer CO—RE and asset management Audley Property. Project Aleph, as it is known, aims for BREEAM Excellent and WELL Platinum ratings in order to promote sustainability and improve occupant well-being. Openable windows bring fresh air while floor-to-ceiling heights maximise natural light.
The reconstruction will include an outdoor rooftop patio as well as balconies on each floor with views of Berkeley Square. According to Ged Simmonds, Managing Director of Offices at Mace Build, enabling works have begun, with the project scheduled to be completed in 2028.