Elsley House Shortlisted for Three Awards

January 2019

Our refurbishment of the Art Deco building has been shortlisted for an FX Award, BCO Award and Property Award.

Burwell Architect’s design for this retrofitted workplace building has been recognised by these prestigious Awards groups, for the sustainable re-imagining of an historic building, as well as the approach to the wellbeing of its users.

The revitalisation of Elsley House included a comprehensive refurbishment complementing the original Art Deco structure, which resulted in energising a tired building into outstanding commercial office spaces. With the primary aim to improve the user’s experience and wellbeing, whilst working with the fabric of the existing property, decisions were led by offering sustainable and future-proofed materiality and services. Furthermore, a flexible spatial layout allows for shared or sole occupancy and adaptability to future needs of the occupants.

Taking occupant’s work patterns into consideration the refurbishment sought to update the building’s services and interiors. Considering high levels of daylight, natural ventilation and heating to improve thermal efficiency and the occupants’ comfort. The building’s full potential has been harnessed, bringing underused spaces into use as breakout zones for occupants. Responding to WELL building standards and providing beautifully planted areas for relaxation, the design includes a series of roof terraces allowing, dependent upon future needs, shared or sole occupancy. Reclaiming underutilised pavement vaults and a former oil-tank room, the refurbishment encourages the involvement in ‘cycle-to-work’ schemes, promoting a healthier and a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

From the way the new entrance sequence works (feeling much less cluttered) to the cleaner materials used and the various terraces and open spaces, the whole building feels really special. The work has enhanced the building’s historic features, whilst delivering first class office and amenity space designed to meet the need of our occupiers.
Great Portland Estates