Following a period of design consultation, Area are delighted to confirm their appointment to carry out the refurbishment of London River House in Gravesend on behalf of the Port of London Authority (PLA). 

As part of PLA’s commitment to the environment, the refurbishment will see the building services replaced with new systems that will improve energy usage and efficiency and provide a more comfortable working environment for the staff.

The scheme also incorporates a large photovoltaic installation, providing a significant contribution to the building’s future energy usage.

As the first major refurbishment of the building, Area have worked with PLA and their Project Managers, Betteridge and Milsom, to understand how the organisation can benefit from modern ways of working. 

The results of this will include new collaboration and meeting space, a remodelled reception area which capitalises on the panoramic views of the Thames and modern efficient offices with new ergonomic furniture.

Peter Steen, PLA’s Director of Marine Operations, said “This project has been under discussion for many years in different forms, and I am really pleased that we are now getting on and making it happen. It will give us a modern and improved office space to support agile working. Visiting customers will immediately see our connection to the port and river on entering our HQ, and we will achieve that with much better environmental performance.”

Darren Sansom, Project Director for Area, added “This is a great example of one of London’s key organisations investing in their staff and committing to providing London with an outstanding service. We have had incredible dialogue with the entire PLA team and they have enabled us to design an office and support facilities that offer a much greater ability to work smarter in better surroundings. Their location provides us with an amazing view of the river, and we want to maximise this so that all visitors to the PLA office have an experience to remember.”

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