Design Director, Guy Lake, commented:
'Working with Arup on the facade we developed an innovative methodology for over-cladding the existing façade which allowed tenants to remain within the building during construction. This eliminated the relocation and fitout replacement costs allowing the entire project budget to be allocated to a facade that reflected the buildings high calibre tenants.’
The new glass skin acts to unify the irregularity of the existing elevation's disparate elements. It steps in and out to accommodate the existing structure while a series of frameless vertical glass fins provide a consistent alignment with the outer face of the building and create depth, shadow and texture across the façade.
The reuse of the structural elements of the existing façade system significantly reduced the materials required for construction and the amount of waste to be taken off site while the new glazing skin substantially improves thermal performance and reduces the building’s energy consumption.