20 Finsbury Circus
20 Finsbury Circus, a classic 1920’s retained facade building based near Liverpool Street Station, is undergoing a full shell & core and on floor CAT A refurbishment with supplementary retail at ground floor. With construction due to commence January 2018, Elementa are working with owners, UD Europe to deliver modernised, open plan offices over the buildings six storeys.
A classic style of 1980’s concrete frame provides structural constraints with the associated slab to slab heights posed a challenge to the refurbishment in terms of delivering and fitting modernised facilities into the limited space. To overcome this issue, Elementa designed services which would maximise the available floor to ceiling heights, with the most prominent one being the installation of air conditioning services throughout the buildings floors.
Elementa implemented three different methods of providing the air conditioning to the floors in order to maximise results. Within the basement and ground floors an all-air system was adopted to reduce the amount of maintainable equipment within the ceiling voids. On levels 1, 2 and 3 a slim line fan coil system has been implemented so the suspended ceiling could be used to reduce installation costs on these floors. Lastly, on levels 4, 5 and 6, a multi service chilled beam installation has been used to maximise the floor to ceiling heights, whilst also achieving the architectural aspirations.
With a further key aspiration of the refurbishment being to increase the sustainability and environmental impact of the building, heat pump systems have been implemented for heating and cooling in order to reduce consumption of fossil fuels on site and help reduce carbon emissions over the building’s lifespan.
With a very good BREEAM classification, the redevelopment of the 1980’s building is set to update and modernise the interior, creating a desirable space and a strong future commercial commodity for its owners.