Ropemaker tops out on time

Laura Salmi
26 Sep 2008

The multi-purpose development aims high

British Land held a topping out ceremony yesterday for its most sustainable development yet, Ropemaker in London's EC2. The ceremony marked the development's success in achieving the landmark step on time and on budget.

Designed by Arup Associates the 586,000 sq ft building will provide office and retail space, including two trading floors of 42,500 sq ft (4,000m2) and roof gardens covering 57,000 sq ft aimed at helping local bio-diversity.

The 20 storey office development, located near to Moorgate tube station, is set to achieve 15% lower carbon emissions than are set out in the Building Regulations and is also on target for an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating.

Paul Burgess, Head of London Leasing at British Land, said: “We are pleased to have reached this important milestone on time and on budget. With Ropemaker we will be delivering our most sustainable development yet in the City. Its ability to help occupiers reduce both operational costs and their environmental impact is combined with a great range of floorplates and a high level of specification to meet operational needs as well. The roof terrace gardens are of a scale and quality unparalled in the City and are a wonderful feature for occupiers”.

Defined by British Land as “an attractive and sustainable buildingfor occupiers, meeting their needs today and tomorrow”, Ropemaker will enable occupiers to reduce energy and water use, cut down waste, decrease carbon emissions and lower associated costs. All energy used for heating water and space will come from renewable sources, generating enough power to run 7,000 washing machine cycles.

Following the sustainable credentials of Ropemaker and as a legacy of the event, British Land, working with the Woodland Trust, has pledged to fund the planting and life-long maintenance of 1,500 trees at The Hucking Estate near Hollingbourne in Kent, the equivalent of five trees for every guest attending the event.

Completion is scheduled for mid 2009 and Jones Lang LaSalle and CB Richard Ellis are the joint letting agents for the premises.

Laura Salmi

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