Coca-Cola building adds fizz to London’s building boom
London is at the centre of a building boom, with the amount of new office space being constructed in the capital at a 10-year high of 4 million square feet.
According to Deloitte Real Estate, office construction in London has almost increased to the level it was at before the recession hit.
And that looks set to continue, with City of London Corporation surveyor Peter Bennett reporting that the amount of office space in the Square Mile “is reaching dangerously low levels”.
London’s commercial building boom has certainly played a part in helping Proskips become the biggest customer of many skip hire companies based in the capital and has seen us help deliver a number of high-profile construction projects.
One of those was Coca-Cola’s new headquarters in the West End of London, which is now the workplace of around 300 Coca-Cola employees from across Europe.
Many of those staff will be unaware that their new four-floor office was a difficult project from a logistics perspective because the building in Wimpole Street is surrounded by streets that make access for skip lorries difficult.
And while we were playing our part in the project’s success by using our position as a broker to bring together three or four skip companies to carry away the waste material created by the refurbishment project, we were unaware of how the 1920s purpose-built office block was being refitted to complete the transformation of the building’s 66,000 square feet of space.
Inside Coca-Cola’s new HQ
The building’s interior was stripped back to the shell and redesigned to incorporate a staircase that runs through the core of the structure and unites the Edwardian Baroque-style front with a 1980s rear extension.
Sustainability is at the heart of the refit programme with the building including features such as extensive LED lighting throughout and Photovoltaic (PV) cells on the roof to generate electricity.
Coca-Cola’s heritage was also used to inspire the interior design of the building, with a custom-built double-sided display wall over three floors displaying company memorabilia featuring advertising from the company’s US archives sharing space with a feature that uses 5,000 recycled bottles plus a specially commissioned 6.5m-high piece of art featuring more than 80 000 acrylic ‘ice chunks’ suspended on ultra-fine wires and illuminated by LEDs.
Image credit: www.designweek.co.uk