BAM has constructed the new building dubbed ‘The Rowe’ in Whitechapel, London, for real estate developer, manager, and investor Frasers Property UK.
Said to be Frasers Property’s first urban office development, the building provides 162,000ft² of sustainable office space and uses public art inspired by the local area.
The Rowe is a redevelopment of the old London Metropolitan University’s (LMU) School of Art, Architecture, and Design, and also provides more than 17,000ft² of outdoor terraces.
The scheme has added six floors to the existing building and the extension reflects the original building’s design combined with a steel, glass, and concrete extension.
Designed by architectural company Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), The Rowe’s previous educational interior has been converted into a modern open-plan workspace.
The building will run completely on renewable electricity and will provide a carbon emission reduction of 26%, compared to a standard office building.
As part of the project, the 1960s concrete façade has been retained.
For its connectivity, the project will also achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, WELL ‘Platinum’ certification, SmartScore ‘Platinum’ rating, and WiredScore ‘Platinum’ status.
With regard to two site-specific public art commissions at The Rowe, Frasers Property partnered with art curator Zoë Allen.
A wrap-around artwork on the sixth floor terrace by Yinka Ilori MBE has been designed to reflect the varied textile traditions of the local community.
Loop, another installation in the scheme’s reception by Paul Cocksedge Studio, uses rhythmic forms in the building’s vertical space and creates architectural forms.
Featuring a landscaped rooftop terrace, The Rowe will also welcome a retail space for occupiers and a public café.
BAM Construction director Gavin Pantlin said: “We have created a building that fits perfectly in the modern workplace while giving a nod to the site’s heritage with thoughtful use of colour and art.
“The technical complexities of The Rowe should not be overlooked either, as this is a very smart building.”
In June this year, BAM won a $29.37m (£24m) contract for the redevelopment of Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley, Wigan, Greater Manchester.