A bold new addition to the City of London skyline
A new development offering apartments with 360 degree views across London, alongside flexible workspaces, shops for the community and a boutique hotel.
One Crown Place Project summary
MDT Group, CBRE
KPF, AECOM, AKTII
- Start date
- April 2018
Sitting on the boundary between the City of London and Shoreditch, One Crown Place is an exciting new development offering 246 uniquely designed apartments, alongside flexible workspaces, shops for the community and a boutique hotel.
The colourful façade of the two towers offers a playful addition to the neighbourhood. Rising thirty three floors above street level the apartments give 360 degree views across London’s skyline. The podium’s large roof becomes part of a generous communal terrace overlooking a courtyard.
Neighbouring a historic building, Mace supported the client’s ambition to create a world-class, vibrant destination from the start and was brought in early in the design process to manage a seamless transition from the early enabling works to the beginning of the construction process.
The development marks a key step forward for Mace’s digital construction know-how. The team harnessed advanced digital technologies to track progress across an integrated 3D model of the project, enabling the team to coordinate complex works with multiple stakeholders and minimising disruption in the busy neighbourhood.
Carefully-timed logistics, smart technology solution and an innovative approach all contributed to the progress of the project, which reached completion in 2021.
points of note
A perfect view from every angle
To maximise views across the city and provide natural light for all residents, a number of design features have been implemented. In total, over 40 different layouts have been created to not only give the apartments a unique look and feel but to enhance the living quality.In addition, the towers are slightly turned inward, with the lift shafts located not at the building’s core, but in the corner of each tower, allowing for uninterrupted views into the internal courtyard.
Training the community
Our local community partners are key to the success of our projects and we are encouraging young people to consider a career in construction and raise awareness of the variety of roles in the sector.
To date, we’ve employed over 65 local people on site with a wide-ranging skillset spanning engineers, foreman and planners.
Engineered building solutions
One of the most complex parts of the building is the steel truss load system that transfers the weight of the concrete towers onto the steel frame that makes up the base of the building.
This unique engineering challenge required exceptional collaborative working from the entire design, engineering and construction team. The trusses weigh a total of 650 tonnes and transfer the load across to columns and down to the piles – an incredible feat.
To demonstrate the challenging installation sequence before work began on site, the team developed an interactive 4D visualisation model that allowed all the teams to better understand the challenges and develop a solution to get it right the first time.
The exposed steelwork of the trusses also becomes part of the interior architecture, bringing the engineering into the living spaces.