Pilbrow & Partners joins abrdn PLC-hosted workplace forum
Above: ground level gardens, planting and atrium at 60 - 68 St. Thomas Street by London Bridge station (courtesy Pilbrow & Partners for EDGE)
Founder of Pilbrow & Partners, Fred Pilbrow will be joining Future Cities Forum's abrdn PLC's hosted discussions on workplace and mixed-use development in London.
The forum will include Tower Hamlets Council and the BBC debating best practice in sustainable design for the next generation of workers and visitors to our towns and cities.
Pilbrow & Partners were appointed at the start of 2019 to design the first London multi-tenant building to achieve BREEAM outstanding and WELL platinum accreditations.
EDGE, a Dutch-based developer with an international reputation for pioneering work on sustainability and wellbeing, has embarked on the St Thomas Street building by London Bridge station as their first London Project. They selected Pilbrow & Partners for the commission on the basis of our environmental analytical capabilities and our work with smart buildings.
60-68 St Thomas Street will form a notable addition to the emerging tall building cluster around the Shard. The building is drawn to the edge of its site to form a new public park between St Thomas Street and Melior Street. Landscape extends into the base of the building which is conceived as an integral part to the public realm.
The design of the building marries well-being and productivity with broader social and environmental sustainability goals. Its varied workspaces will support both established businesses and local start-ups. The building integrates EDGE’s pioneering research into smart technology and the ‘internet of things’ – Innovations that will resonate widely in future London buildings.
The building envelope has been designed to respond to the proposed surroundings and environmental conditions, enabling access to daylight whilst limiting unwanted heat loss in winter and reducing overheating in summer.
The new public park to the south and west of the building will be lush and green, increasing the site’s horticultural diversity and offering new green space in an area of landscape deficit.
The firm states that people feel (and work) better when in contact with nature. Verdant internal landscaping, a characteristic feature of EDGE buildings extends the garden into the base of the building.
Below: street level view of 60 - 68 St. Thomas Street (Pilbrow & Partners for EDGE)