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  • The top three floors of Palestra are cantilevered out above what is a glass slab creating a distinctive look, further enlivened on the floors of the main slab by bright yellow cladding panels between the full height glazing.
  • In turn, this lower slab is also cantilevered 6 metres above pavement level as to let the public realm expand around the building base with white vertical columns marking the building perimeter. These white columns are a signature mark of the architect Will Alsop who has frequently employed "legs" in his work.
  • Cladding Palestra is 'e' coated and frittered glass, rather than physical solar shading which Buro Happold would have a minimum effect. Between the layers of glazing is a 16mm air gap bordered by layers of solar control glass.
  • The building features solar panels and 14 wind turbines on the roof which combine to provide 4% of its total power needs making it the first such office building in the United Kingdom to combine the two.
  • It also pioneers other green technologies such as grey water harvesting, motion sensors to detect the occupation of areas of the building turning on and off fresh air depending on use, and lighting controlled by daylight sensors.

News Articles

26-06-2007 > Unity and Palestra Win RIBA Awards

09-05-2006 > Ken Announces Expected LBT Pre Let

26-07-2005 > Palestra Tops Out

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Architect
Alsop Architects
Developer
Royal London Asset Management
Blackfriars Investments
Facade Contractor
Permasteelisa
Interior Designer
Sheppard Robson
Main Contractor
Skanska
Services Engineer
Aukett Europe
Buro Happold
Structural Engineer
Buro Happold

Reference Data

Reference No.
2131
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
07-08-2015
 

Building Location

Address
197 Blackfriars Road, Bankside, London. SE1 8NJ
Council
Southwark
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
2002
Construction start date
2004
Completion date
2006
Style
Futurist

Roof Height (AGL)
56.00

Total Floors (O.G)
12
Total Floors (U.G)
1

Market Data

Primary Use
Office

Floorspace (sq m)
27,870.00

Construction Cost
£68,000,000.00
Budget Date
2006

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