British Land is one of the largest UK commercial property companies. It owns much of the Paddington Central mixed-use development in West London, including 2 Kingdom Street – the largest property on the campus, providing high-quality, multi-let offices over 12 floors. Broadgate Estates, British Land’s building management organisation, was allocated office space within 2 Kingdom Street.
Area’s brief was twofold: to create high-quality Cat B office space for Broadgate Estates, and convert the area facing Kingdom Street into four new retail units suitable for use as food and coffee outlets. It was important that the new shop fronts contributed to the appeal of the environment, helping to attract people to the area.
This design and build project encompassed two distinct elements: the Cat B offices and the retail units. Both had their own challenges. The work inside 2 Kingdom Street took place adjacent to the busy reception area, which required us to manage our operations in a way that would avoid inconveniencing the building’s users.
Working with project management company Stace, we delivered bright, modern offices with clean straight lines and neutral tones. Fittings and furnishings are contemporary, stylish and unfussy, with colourful abstract art to add visual interest. Exposed ceilings and ductwork are exploited as dynamic architectural features.
The new retail units feature a bespoke glazing system providing clear vision and required complex structural modifications to the existing facade to accommodate.
‘This was our first project for British Land. What was interesting was the mixed-use element of the project, presenting different engineering and design challenges within the contrasting areas and bringing them together as one holistic project.’
Les Fisk, Pre-Construction Director, Area