The Place is an innovative headquarters building that makes a strong and compelling corporate statement in London’s newest commercial quarter. It will provide 40,000 square metres (428,000 square feet) of efficient office space in a prestigious seventeen-storey building of great architectural distinction. Mace is acting as main contractor on this project, part of Sellar’s wider London Bridge Quarter scheme. The Place meets the most rigorous space demands of modern organisations offering large, light, open and highly-flexible floor space, with floorplates up to 31,000 square feet.
The building will feature natural light and outstanding views throughout, naturally-ventilated winter gardens on floors 3-12 and a landscaped roof terrace with spectacular views of London. Despite being shorter than the Shard, the Place brings its own technical and architectural challenges, including the complicated cantilever structure of the building which will require the installation of one of the largest piles of its type in London, at 2.4m diameter.
As with the Shard, the London Bridge location means numerous complicated interfaces and the development of a robust logistics strategy for which Mace has been working in-depth with key transport stakeholders including London Underground, Transport for London and Network Rail, to ensure the construction process is as undisruptive as possible.