Developer Southern Grove has announced plans to build a new £33m sustainable office development in Shoreditch, London
The sustainable office development 16 Orsman Road is also set to break new ground in green building. The developer exchanged contracts on the land yesterday (15 January) and plans to use Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).
This will mean the building, spanning six floors, is approximately four to five times lighter than a traditional building, resulting in much smaller foundations and minimal disruption to the neighbouring canal.
Architects Waugh Thistleton was selected for its flare in CLT design.
Affordable office space
Southern Grove plans to allocate around 10% of the sustainable office development floor area (400 sqm) to ‘affordable’ office space and the building incorporates a substantial 100-bicycle storage facility on the ground floor with additional visitor cycle spaces in front of the building.
Southern Grove is only the second office developer to enter the sustainable office area, following British Land’s purchase of its first home for the flexible workspace brand, Storey, in the same road.
Sustainably built on an infill site
Tom Slingsby, chief executive of Southern Grove, said: “This is a great example of a prime development, sustainably built on an infill site that really makes the most of its surroundings.
“Shoreditch sprawl means that demand is moving towards attractive neighbouring areas and the canal is an obvious draw. The glazed facade to the property is designed to embrace what the canal has to offer, providing one of the most attractive canal-front aspects to be found in central London.
“We’ll be only the second developer to take advantage of a great opportunity to provide superior office space in an area that is being talked about as the next big thing now central Shoreditch has reached saturation point.”