After placing the secant pile walls around the perimeter comes the time for a massive excavation. 3MS Secant pile wall is exposed and new capping beams are being formed.
The ground floor plan look to embrace the public realm. Large pivot doors open to allow free movement through the lobby which continues the granite paving through from outside.
Level 16 offers flexible and bookable space for the benefit of the tenants. These adjoin generous terraces which provide panoramic views over London.
A generous lobby transitions to flexible work/cafe space, responding to a shift in the way we work. A palette of industrial materials paired with softer finishes gives a contemporary aesthetic.
Exposed concrete beams and hot rolled steel are paired with subtle feature lighting, and warmer timber to give a 'soft industrial' aesthetic to lift lobbies.
The main entrance facing the public realm is framed by a vibrant retail.
The swept western elevation creates an appropriate setting for 1 Merchant Square.
A gently curved nose that anchors the building on the Harrow Road facing the Westway.
“Grade A office space in a prime location with a prominent presence on the Westway.”
A new office building that ranges over 17 floors, with a confident presence on the busy Westway. The wider public realm provides a strong sense of arrival and a setting befitting a significant office building in this important location.
The gently swept form reinforces its place at the north east corner of the Garden Square, with cafes and retail at ground level either side of a dramatic main entrance. The facades are richly textured with a fine grain of vertical external louvres shading to the accommodation within.
The ground floor has been designed to embrace new working cultures and the emergence of flexible working environments, whilst the internal office space enjoys panoramic views to the outside, via a ribbon of full height glazing.
2 Merchant Square is due to start construction summer 2016.
22,637m² (243,665 ft²)
European Land and Property Ltd.
Arup, DP9, EB7 Ltd, EC Harris LLP, Hoare LEA, Kandor, Miller Hare Ltd, Peter Stewart, Reef Associates, RWDI Anemos, Townshend Landscape Architects, URS Corporation