Sustainability and high-quality design are the driving factors behind the design of 100 Cheapside, a mixed-use commercial building set in the heart of the City of London. EPR Architects’ brief was to creatively re-engineer a consented scheme, maximising the building’s hidden potential. Working closely with City planners, EPR re-assessed and adjusted the initial design and made some subtle, yet impactful outward design changes, such as relocating the main office entrance to a more prominent location on Cheapside, allowing more space for retail shops.
A creative spatial solution was of utmost importance, considering the inclusion of Honey Lane, an existing public right of way, shared service road, and the need to provide an electrical substation on site.
The main entrance to the building opens up into a carefully designed, curved, geometric reception area, which draws the visitor in, emphasising the perception of space and fluidity. The substantial office with an external roof terrace offers panoramic views over the City of London.
The design detailing is echoed throughout the building, from bespoke honeycomb patterned glass panels, in reference to Honey Lane, to the contemporary white glass and curves in the washrooms, to a floating ceiling with illuminated edges in the reception, which allow the glass walls to extend upwards, creating an illusion of space.
In keeping with its historical setting, 100 Cheapside complements its surroundings, and reflects the heritage of the area with subtle details such as the setting back above the 5th floor, the Portland Stone façade, a carved stone honeybee, referencing the area’s beekeeping past, a large metal sundial and various historical plaques, which have been restored and integrated into the façade.
Most importantly, 100 Cheapside embodies cutting-edge sustainability. Built-in, passive features prevent occupants from over-consuming energy, and active measures conserve the energy used during the day. Bird, bat and insect boxes installed on the green and brown roofs support biodiversity, and a rainwater attenuation and grey water recycling plant treat wastewater and roof run-off to facilitate the flushing toilets.
Also adding to the structure’s sustainable credentials are roof-mounted photovoltaic and solar thermal panels, plus a large bicycle storage area. All of these features have earned the building a BREEAM Excellent and LEED Platinum rating in the design stage audits, together with an EPC rating of B.
The overall impression is a modern and innovative building set in harmony within London’s historic business district. Along with its impressive sustainable credentials and efficient use of workspace and retail space, 100 Cheapside provides a unique and stylish place to work and shop.