1 Finsbury Avenue
British Land is among a growing number of developers who recognise the benefits of evaluating the condition and performance of their M&E assets and systems in their portfolio of buildings prior to refurbishment.
Working on behalf of British Land in association with M3 Consulting and Arups, Banyards have been engaged by Sir Robert McAlpine to undertake the MEP validation survey at 1 Finsbury Avenue.
The office building constructed in 1982-84 and designed by Arup Associates, was a milestone in the development of office design in Britain and widely acclaimed. Awards included the Financial Times Architecture at Work Award 1985, the Structural Steel Design Award 1985 and in 1987 the RIBA London Regional Award.
No 1 Finsbury Avenue, listed in 2015, remains one of the most admired post-war buildings in the City. The Architectural Review commented that the project “proved that spec offices can make a sensitive contribution to a civic environment and that even a huge office building can have a richness and delicate scale suggestive of the human beings who work within”.
The sensitive restoration and upgrades of the 281,000 sq ft office building will cost an estimated £102m and include the addition of two new office floors, enclosed plant room and an upgrade to the facade. Internally the proposals entail reconfigured office cores and floor-plates, including new lifts, plant and MEPH throughout, and central atrium.
The flagship project in Milton Keynes will provide space for 230 employees, a forecourt display area, facilities building, conference centre with restaurant and much more, all designed to be highly energy-efficient and sustainable.
Banyards have been working closely with Taylor Associates, GDM Architects, PCS Structural Engineers and Kier Construction to deliver this BREEAM Excellent project.
London Fruit and Wool Exchange
Appointed via GVA Second London Wall on behalf of Exemplar and M&G Real Estate who are on-site with their new development at the London Fruit and Wool Exchange in the heart of London’s Spitalfields, this is regarded as the last major redevelopment site in this prime location; the scheme will deliver 320,000 sq ft of new Grade A space including 260,000 sq ft of office and 40,000 sq ft of retail, roof terraces, restaurant, café, SME and community space. Completion is scheduled for 2018.
60-70 St Mary Axe (The Can of Ham)
We have been appointed by TIAA Henderson Real Estate via GVA Second London Wall on the 60-70 St Mary Axe development.
Sustainability is high on the agenda with the scheme aiming to achieve BREEAM excellent, delivering over 430,500 sq/ft of high quality new office space over 19 floors, arranged above a double-height foyer on the ground floor, retail units at ground level and 3 basement levels. Completion is scheduled for 2018.
The project comprised the remodelling of existing office accommodation to create an open plan office, meeting rooms, quiet rooms, collaboration and break out area, and new vend point on an occupied floor.
The engineering services works comprised the adaption and amendment of the existing 4 pipe fan coil ventilation system, rebalancing and re commissioning of the primary and secondary air, extension of the boosted cold water and vented drainage systems, provision of a new bunded area with leak detection linked via the BMS to solenoid isolation valve, conversion of the existing luminaires to an LED source, provision of new LED luminaires within a new ceiling , linking the fan coil operation to the lighting occupancy controls, extension and amendment of the small power, Fire Alarms and sprinkler installations.
The works were carried out during normal hours with all noisy works carried out outside of these during the week and at weekends.
Litigation 6P office pilot
The project comprised the reworking of two existing adjacent 2-person offices to create a new 6-person office, within an occupied floor (building is occupied 24/7).
The engineering services works comprised the isolation and safe disconnection of concealed services to facilitate the demolition of the separation wall, rebalancing and recommissioning of the primary fresh air to the enlarged room, connection of the two fan coil units in a master slave configuration to work from one room controller, conversion of the existing luminaires to an LED source, recommissioning the lighting to the enlarged room to work from one retractive switch and the existing PIR’s, linking the fan coil operation to the lighting occupancy controls, extension and amendment of the small power, Fire Alarms and sprinkler installations to suit the new layout. The works were carried out outside of normal hours during the week and at weekends.
Tokio Marine - 20 Fenchurch Street
Tokio Marine Europe, one of the world’s leading commercial insurers, appointed Banyards to undertake the client commissioning validation role on their new European headquarters at 20 Fenchurch Street.
The project consists of the Cat B fit-out of levels 5-9 with the building targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. Tokio Marine employed Banyards as their specialist commissioning consultant to manage the verification, testing and commissioning of the building services installations within their floor areas.
Our role includes:
- Reporting on the validation processes associated with the existing base-build services installation prior to the commencement of the fit-out works.
- Review, comment and reporting on the Subcontractor’s proposed installation drawings from a commissionability standpoint.
- Managing and reporting on the services installations in respect of the fit-out works to levels 5 to 9.
- Witnessing and verifying the commissioning of the mechanical and electrical services
- Witnessing and reporting on the seasonal commissioning process to be undertaken post-completion of the project.
Helical Bar - C'Space & The Bower
Client Commissioning Validation role for Helical Bar at their new C’Space office development (Maple House) and The Bower, Old Street now known as Tech City or Silicon Roundabout, named by the government owing to the vast number of digital start-ups locating to the area.
Engaged via AECOM to lead the Commissioning process on Hewlett Packard’s new flagship Head Office and first class European Customer Experience Centre in the City of London
Hewlett-Packard is one of the leading companies in sustainable practices, they demand outstanding office comfort for their staff and exceptional energy-efficiency performance from their buildings; One Aldermanbury Square needed to achieve LEED-CI v2009 Platinum Certification and BREEAM excellent ratings.
Our role included Fundamental and Enhanced commissioning in accordance with the requirements for both LEED and BREEAM.
The existing 68,000 square foot building underwent a comprehensive refurbishment program followed by the fit-out consisting of new office layouts for levels 1 to 5 and the new Customer Experience Centre on Ground, Lower Ground and level 6.
Banyard Consultants were appointed as the Client’s Commissioning Validation Engineer to undertake the LEED CxA role complying with the US Green Building Council LEED 2009 for both fundamental and enhanced. Our role was to liaise with Hilson Moran and Skanska to review, programme, witness, report and certify all commissioning related activities ensuring full operation, integration and compliance.
100 Cheapside was awarded Platinum with 90 points. According to the USGBC database, this is the highest scoring LEED Core & Shell project in the UK to date (July 2015)