Angel Building

London. 2010

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2010
  • Cost: £72 Million
  • Clients: Derwent London plc

Angel Building is about redefinition; of an out-of-date building; of a forgotten service yard; of a fragmented street edge; and of the combination of workplace with public space. An existing concrete frame – extended vertically and horizontally to create a better contextual fit – is reused and wrapped in a highly-efficient glazed skin. A forgotten service courtyard is transformed into a six-storey top-lit public room of grand proportions, set at the heart of the building to offer a variety of spaces to convene, dine and repose. Once an unloved 1980s office building facing demolition, it is now a 355,300 square foot hub of activity that’s redefining workplace with its mix of public atrium, café, bespoke works of art and rooftop terraces. Through re-using the existing frame, the project has its cake and eats it, saving 7,400 tons of CO2 of embodied energy (the equivalent to running the entire new building for 13 years) while providing 40 per cent more functional area than previously.

  • Awards
  • AIA Award 2012
  • Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award 2012
  • CIBSE Building Performance Awards: Refurbishment Project Award 2012
  • Islington Society Award: Best New or Restored Building in the Borough 2012
  • 3R Awards: Office Category 2011
  • British Construction Industry Award: Judges Special Award 2011
  • British Council of Offices Award: Refurbished & Recycled Workspace 2011
  • British Council of Offices National Award: Refurbished & Recycled Workspace 2011
  • Civic Trust Awards: Commendation 2011
  • Concrete Society Award: Rejuvenation Award & Certificate of Excellence 2011
  • New London Award for Working 2011
  • Regeneration & Renewal Award: Design Excellence 2011
  • RIBA Award for Architecture 2011
  • RIBA Stirling Prize: Shortlist 2011

Angel Building Stars in BBC’s The Apprentice

23/05/2013

Angel Building Stars in BBC’s The Apprentice

The Angel Building, home to the Design Council, offered a commanding background to the Flat-Pack episode of The Apprentice last week.
 

 

AJ100 Survey 2012

18/05/2012

AJ100 Survey 2012

We had an enjoyable evening at the AJ100 Awards where we came 18th in the AJ100 survey and were highly commended for the Clients' Choice Award. We were also delighted that architects who took part in the survey voted the Angel Building the 2nd favourite building of 2011 designed by another practice.


The yearly survey covers fees, salaries, sectors and markets in UK architecture practices, creating a list of the top 100 that set the precedent for other practices to follow.


Read all about our ranking on the Architects' Journal website. (Subscribers only).

 

AIA 2012 Excellence in Design Commendation for Angel Building

19/04/2012

AIA 2012 Excellence in Design Commendation for Angel Building

The Angel Building was commended at the Annual Excellence in Design Awards Ceremony, held by the UK Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, on Tuesday 17th April at the Wallace Collection.


The AIA awards attract a broad range of design professionals from around the globe who are either based in the UK, or who have delivered projects in the UK.


The Stirling Shortlisted Angel building in Clerkenwell is to become the home of the Design council/CABE’s new offices after AHMM has designed the fit-out for the space.

 

AHMM to design the Design Council/CABE’s new offices

06/03/2012

AHMM to design the Design Council/CABE’s new offices

AHMM has been chosen by the Design Council/CABE to design the fit-out for their new 1,000m2 office space in the Angel Building, following a competition run by the influential design watchdog.


Director, Simon Allford commented in The Architect’s Journal: ‘We are delighted to be working with the Design Council CABE on their move to the Angel Building. Having designed the building and all the public areas it is good to have the opportunity to work with an ambitious and inventive client on their own offices.’


The Design Council chose the Stirling Prize shortlisted office development for its high sustainability credentials including an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating. Angel Building is the re-invention of an early 80’s commercial building. Using the existing concrete frame resulted in immense CO2 savings by avoiding demolition and disposal. Lifts recycle energy as they descend, the heating system produces 44% less carbon emissions than traditional systems, lighting responds to levels of daylight and occupancy, rainwater is collected to flush the toilets and urinals are waterless.

 

Islington Society Award for Angel Building

28/11/2011

Islington Society Award for Angel Building

The Angel Building has been awarded this year’s Islington Society Award for the best new or restored building in the borough.


The Islington Society was founded in 1960 to safeguard and improve the quality of life in Islington. Visit the Islington Society website for more information.

 

 

Angel Building wins Concrete Society and 3R Awards

11/11/2011

Angel Building wins Concrete Society and 3R Awards

Last night Angel Building won both a Concrete Society Award and a 3R Award (Refurb, Rethink, Retrofit). 


At the Concrete Society Award, the Angel Building won the rejuvenation Award as well as the Certificate of Excellence, recognising excellence in the use of concrete in the UK.


The 3R Award  was in the office category, that celebrates excellent design, engineering and construction that prolongs the active life of buildings and infrastructure, decreasing carbon and energy use.

 

BCI Award Winners

13/10/2011

BCI Award Winners

Last night we had two winning projects at the British Construction Industry Awards, where we were shortlisted for four awards as well as The Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award.


Our residential project Anne Mews won the Regeneration Award. This project is the first phase of a wider masterplan for the redevelopment of the former Linton’s Estate in Barking Town Centre.


The Angel Building won the BCIA Judges’ Special Award, for a project of any size which the judges consider to be particularly inspirational.


The BCI Awards recognise overall excellence in construction and client satisfaction as well as design.

 

Angel Building wins BCO National Award

12/10/2011

Angel Building wins BCO National Award

After winning the London and South East Regional Award in the Refurbished and Recycled Workspace category at the British Council of Offices Awards in May, the Angel Building has gone on to win the BCO National Award in this category.

 

 

Regeneration & Renewal Awards 2011

04/10/2011

Regeneration & Renewal Awards 2011

 

Our Angel Building project won the Design Excellence Award at the Regeneration and Renewal Awards 2011.


The Award for design excellence is awarded to the entry demonstrating the highest standards of design, as well as this design having an improvement on the area the scheme is based in.


For more information on the Regeneration & Renewal Awards visit their website here and view photos of the night here.

 

 

Concrete Society Awards Shortlist

21/09/2011

Concrete Society Awards Shortlist

Angel Building has been shortlisted for a Concrete Society Award. The awards recognise excellence in the use of concrete in the UK. The building is shortlisted in the Building Awards category; rewarded to the use of concrete in new building structures.


There will also be an award for the overall winner and a sustainability award, given to the ‘project that shows concrete as being a major contributing material to the sustainable credentials of the structure or building.’


Winners will be announced on Thursday 10th November 2011 at the Landmark Hotel, London. 

 

BBC Health Show filmed in the Angel Building

01/09/2011

BBC Health Show filmed in the Angel Building

BBC World News has selected the Angel Building as the backdrop to it’s new 26 part series ‘The Health Show’, which covers the most important and dramatic health stories from around the world.  


The show airs from July 2011 to Jan 2012 but is not being broadcast in the UK, however, episodes can be viewed on the production company, Rockhopper TV’s website.

 

Angel Building Shortlisted for Energy Award

31/08/2011

Angel Building Shortlisted for Energy Award

The Angel Building has been shortlisted for an Energy Award in the Energy Efficient Refurbishment category.


The Energy Awards recognise the companies that improve the performance of their buildings by cutting emissions. The awards celebrate those ‘making their operations and products more carbon-friendly, and changing workforce and customer behaviour.’


The winners will be announced on 1st December at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel. Visit the Energy Awards website for more information.

 

World Architecture Festival Shortlist

22/08/2011

World Architecture Festival Shortlist

We are delighted to have two of our projects shortlisted for a World Architecture Festival Award: Angel Building in the Offices category for completed buildings and Royal Court Theatre in the Cultural category for Future Projects.


The WAF Awards; a three day international architecture festival in Barcelona, will select the winners of each category after the projects are presented to the jurors. These winners will then present to the ‘Super Jury’ on 4th November to compete for the title of ‘World Building of the Year 2011’.


The WAF shortlisted projects are also entered into the OpenBuildings People’s Choice Awards. Vote for the Royal Court Theatre here and Angel Building here or ‘checkin’ using the openbuildings mobile app. 

 

BCI Award Shortlist

17/06/2011

BCI Award Shortlist

We have been shortlisted for two British Construction Industry Awards. Angel Building is in the Major Building Project over £50m category and Anne Mews is in the Building Project £3m-£50m category.


The BCI Awards recognise overall excellence in construction and client satisfaction as well as design.


Antony Oliver, NCE Editor, said: "This year's BCI Awards have once again demonstrated that with its depth of skills, vision and teamwork, the construction industry have continued to deliver clients both extraordinary value for every pound they spend and fabulous projects that excite and delight their users and the public."


The awards will be presented on 12th October at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

 

New London Awards 2011

13/06/2011

New London Awards 2011

We have two projects on the shortlist for the New London Awards 2011. Barking Central in the Placemaking category and Angel Building in the Working Category.


The New London Awards from New London Architecture seek to award sustainable architecture that improves the City with high quality design whilst respecting the mix of old and new.


All shortlisted projects will be featured in an NLA book: New London Projects 2011/12, to be published on the day the winners are revealed. The shortlisted projects will also feature in a permanent exhibition opening in September at the NLA galleries in The Building Centre.


Winners will be announced at a lunch on 12th July at The Guildhall. 

 

Angel Building Wins a BCO Award

24/05/2011

Angel Building Wins a BCO Award

Angel Building was the London and South East Regional Winner at the British Council of Offices (BCO) Awards in the Refurbished and Recycled Workspace category.


The BCO aims to define excellence in office space by recognising top quality design and functionality. Visit their website for more information.

 

Barking Central and Angel Building win RIBA Awards

19/05/2011

Barking Central and Angel Building win RIBA Awards

Our teams spent an enjoyable morning at the RIBA awards at the V&A and are pleased to have won two awards for Angel Building and Barking Central.


Angel Building is an office with retail at ground opening onto a new public realm in Islington and Barking Central is a mixed-use scheme in Barking including residential apartments, a learning centre, hotel and a new town square.


Winning projects are decided by the building’s design excellence, regardless of size and style.  Collectively, the chosen projects set a precedent for architecture across the country. Visit the RIBA website for more information.

 

AJ100 Awards Shortlist 2011

08/04/2011

AJ100 Awards Shortlist 2011

The AJ100 Awards shortlist has been announced and we are pleased to be featured in four categories:


Fastest Growing Practice 

Practice of the Year 

Most Sustainable Practice 

Building of the Year  - Angel Building


The AJ100 Awards are the result of a survey of the staff of the largest architecture practices in the UK. Winners of each category will be announced at the annual dinner and awards on 19th May and the top 100 practices will be featured in the AJ100 issue published on 20th May. View the shortlist here.

 

Barking Central and the Angel Building win Civic Trust Commendations

07/03/2011

Barking Central and the Angel Building win Civic Trust Commendations

Barking Central and the Angel Building have both won Civic Trust Award Commendations. The Civic Trust Awards are an independent built environment awards scheme established in 1959 to recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. Successful projects must be culturally, socially or economically beneficial, and make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment.


Visit the Civic Trust Awards website for more information.

 

Angel Building Opens

07/10/2010

Angel Building Opens

The Angel Building, on the corner of St John Street and Pentonville Road, Islington, represents a model for re-use or more appropriately re-invention, with the massively extended 'new' building answering C21st environmental and urban needs (whilst also achieving a BREAM excellent rating).
 

A new steel frame and complete new cladding wraps an existing retained concrete frame; re-engaging the building with the street; whilst a new concrete structure, inserted into a derelict courtyard, forms a new atrium which becomes the building's public room, focus and organising force. With a newly landscaped public realm set around existing mature trees, the introduction of shops and restaurants will bring activity to this underused corner in the heart of Islington.
 

Angel opened on the 6th October, with part of the building already pre-let by the client Derwent London to Cancer Research UK as their main headquarters.
 

Click here to see an award winning film of the Angel Building by The Neighbourhood, combining high-definition CGI with beautiful shots of London.
 

View Derwent London's website for the Angel Building here.