The Bower

London. 2018

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2018
  • Clients: Helical

The Bower reinvents a collection of underperforming buildings that were constructed in the 1960s and incongruously overclad in the 1980s into a coherent mix of workspace, ground floor retail/restaurants and a new public realm. Addressing the 60s slab architecture, the tallest building is stripped back, extended and given a new façade. The two large volumes that are added to its sides not only rescale the building in relation to the city, they provide double-height zones to augment the office floor plates. On the ground floor, a generously-sized portion of the largest building is cut out to create a pedestrian link from Old Street through to Baldwin Street. The project extends AHMM’s involvement in the overall regeneration of the Old Street area; a part of London that is quickly becoming East London’s Tech City.

Awards

RIBA London Region Award 2019

19/09/2019

Open House London 2019

This weekend (21-22 September) AHMM will be participating in Open House London, the annual architecture festival that gives access to hundreds of buildings across the city, some of which are normally closed to the public. Three AHMM buildings will be offering architect-led tours: New Scotland Yard, The Bower, and White Collar Factory. The Library at Willesden Green, Barking Town Centre and the Barbican Centre will also be taking part. On Sunday, AHMM will be repeating its very popular Mini City Home Inventors event for Open House Families. See the full Open House programme here.

 



 

RIBA London Awards 2019

24/05/2019

RIBA London Awards 2019

The Bower, Signal Townhouses and Television Centre have won 2019 RIBA London Awards, announced this week. The Bower was praised as ‘an excellent example of clever and inventive architecture adding both commercial and social value’, while Signal Townhouses ‘sets the benchmark very high for future developments in the area and clearly demonstrates the demand for contemporary homes.’ At Television Centre, judges commented that ‘with design vision on a grand scale, the client and architects have majestically celebrated this listed historic piece of modern architecture which now gives generously to the public realm.’ Find out more about all of this years’ RIBA Regional Awards here.

 



 

RIBA Regional Awards shortlists

20/03/2019

RIBA Regional Awards shortlists

Seven AHMM projects have been shortlisted for this year’s RIBA regional awards. The Bower, Hawley School, Television Centre, Signal Townhouses, St Thomas’s Apartment have been shortlisted in the London region, while Dora Carr Close has been shortlisted in the South region and Ermine Street Church Academy in the East region. All seven will be visited by awards juries before winners are announced in May. Find out more about the RIBA Awards here.

 



 

The Bower completes

14/02/2019

The Bower completes

The Bower, the reinvention of a collection of 1960s buildings on the Old Street roundabout, is now complete. A mix of retail, restaurants and larger floorplate offices is housed within the reclad office tower, the warehouse to the rear, and a collection of smaller new buildings which line the site and frame the new mews. On the ground floor, a new route from Old Street cut through the base of the slab block introduces permeability into the site, and further connects it into a wider network of buildings, routes and places.

 



 

The Bower reaches practical completion

13/09/2018

The Bower reaches practical completion

The Bower Phase 2 has reached practical completion. The mixed use development transforms a group of 1960s buildings on Old Street roundabout into a coherent mix of workspace, ground floor retail, restaurants and public realm, with a new pedestrian link from Old Street through to Baldwin Street. The second phase has seen the most dramatic reinvention on site: the 17 storey tower has been stripped back to its original slab and the floorplate extended north and south, creating interconnecting double height spaces. Fit out begins in autumn 2018, with the first occupiers aiming to move in by Christmas.

 



 

01/09/2017

Open House London 2017

AHMM is again participating in Open House London, an annual celebration of architecture that sees more than 800 buildings open to the public during the weekend of 16-17 September. For Open House London’s 25th year, AHMM is opening pioneering housing at Adelaide Wharf; Stirling Prize-winning Burntwood School; RIBA Award 2017 winners New Scotland Yard, The Library at Willesden Green and Grand Union Studios/The Ladbroke Grove; ‘city sandwich’ Westminster Bridge Road; new apartments at Weston Street in Bermondsey; the recently completed White Collar Factory; and its Old Street roundabout neighbour The Bower. Find out more on the Open House website. Please note all tours of New Scotland Yard are fully booked.
 



 

On site at the Bower

21/03/2017

On site at the Bower

Phase 2 of the Bower is well underway towards its scheduled completion in autumn next year. The existing cladding has been removed, exposing the original 1960s concrete frame. Steelwork additions to north and south elevations will expand the original floorplates, and an interlocking section creates double-height spaces on all office floors. Existing cores are extended to service the enlarged building, and the first sections of new curtain walling will be installed in summer 2017.
 



 

Onsite at 207 Old Street

13/02/2014

Onsite at 207 Old Street

Work began onsite this week at 207 Old Street. The mixed-use scheme is AHMM’s second intervention to East London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’ following City Road. Due for completion in 2016, the reinvention of the three existing buildings will create a mix of office space, ground floor retail/restaurants and a new public realm that links Old Street to Baldwin Street.
 



 

Planning Permission for 207 Old Street

06/09/2013

Planning Permission for 207 Old Street

Last night planning permission was unanimously granted for 207 Old Street. The site – currently home to a collection of underperforming buildings that were built in the 1960s and incongruously overclad in the 1980s – will be reinvented over the coming years into a coherent mix of workspace, ground floor retail/restaurants and a new public realm. A generously-sized portion of the largest building will be cut out to create a pedestrian link from Old Street through to Baldwin Street.
 




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