John Robertson Architects to refurbish Bush House
Sensitive restoration for former home of BBC World Service
John Robertson Architects (JRA) has been appointed to undertake the refurbishment of Bush House, the recently vacated former home of BBC World Service on the Strand in central London. After 72 years as a broadcast centre, the heritage building and its neighbouring offices will be upgraded to provide sustainable commercial space for Japanese manufacturing company Kato Kagaku and Co Ltd. which owns the properties.
The project will involve reconfiguring the existing buildings to provide separate entrances and cores for each, whilst improving the building fabric and services at the same time. Restoring the Portland stone façades is a key objective for JRA who will aim for a BREEAM Excellent rating for the refurbished site. Plans also include the provision of roof terraces to make optimum use of the building’s central location and spectacular city views.
“Our challenge is to preserve what is good about the building and not destroy its wonderful heritage, providing the client and future tenants with the best possible accommodation and facilities,” explains John Robertson, director of John Robertson Architects.
Work is expected to be completed in 2014.
Project manager: Jones Lang LaSalle (also quantity surveyor and letting agent)
Engineers: AKT II and Hilson Moran