One of the mid-rise buildings off Broadgate, Dashwood House, is set to get a make over to improve the quality of the space within and bring it more up to date with the nearby modern neighbours now going up such as the Broadgate Tower.
At the heart of the renovation planned by developer Land Securities and designed by Fletcher Priest is a realisation that as with many older buildings in the city, the current fit out is not suitable for the needs of modern clients, particularly though who require the latest in electronic and computer routing systems.
Opting for a renovation rather than a demolition is caused by the desire to get the new building up and running by 2008, something that would be completely impossible if a new build were to happen.
In particular the scheme benefits from the location standing close to the ever popular Broadgate Center, plus the increasingly attractive eastern City fringe whilst the crossroads between Camomile Street and Bishopsgate are literally a stones throw away.
Dashwood House is currently 15 floors and reaches 61 metres in height. The new design will see an extra two floors added to the top of the present structure pushing up the height to a little over 73 metres. There will also be an aesthetic make-over. Presently, Dashwood House is clad in brownish red stone punctuated with small windows and a strong international styling.
As with the most modern of City buildings, Land Sec, will have the cladding replaced with blue glazing, a look that is becoming ubiquitous in the office buildings of the City and much favoured by corporate clients. Similar work is already underway on the nearby Exchange Tower with concrete being stripped for glass.
Land Securities hope to have planning permission awarded for their changes later this year and begin work as soon as possible.
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