White Collar Factory, Old Street

London. 2017

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2017
  • Clients: Derwent London plc

White Collar Factory at Old Street Yard is the built iteration of an eight-year research project led by AHMM with Derwent London. It comprises a complex of six buildings including offices, studios, incubator space, restaurants and apartments set around a new piece of public realm, with the sixteen-storey White Collar Factory tower at its heart. This major new office building features flexible floor plates, operable windows allowing for extensive natural ventilation, and generous volumes with active exposed concrete soffits and core. The mini-tower represents a new type of development that takes its cue from the multi-level factory typology. Together, the buildings create a new and more permeable piece of city that references the alleys and passageways of the historic urban grain.

Awards

BCO Commercial Workplace Award 2018 BCO London Innovation Award 2018 New London Award: Wellbeing 2018 RIBA London Region Award 2018 RIBA National Award 2018 RICS London Award for Commercial Development 2018 MIPIM UK/Estates Gazette Visionary Building of the Year 2016

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Awards update

09/11/2018

Awards update

Continuing a successful week in awards, Television Centre has won the Commercial Award at the Brick Awards. Judges described it as ‘a thoughtful and well-conceived development that successfully rehabilitates Television Centre into a mixed use residential, office and retail development ... [it] responds well to the existing fabric and integrates the new additions carefully and with respect.’ See the full judges’ comments and other winners here. Meanwhile, three AHMM projects have been named Civic Trust Regional Finalists. Weston Street, White Collar Factory and Television Centre will now be considered for national awards, announced in December. Find out more about the Civic Trust finalists here.
 



 

07/11/2018

Building Magazine Architectural Practice of the Year

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has been named Architectural Practice of the Year by Building Magazine. Announced at a ceremony last night (6 November), the award recognises the practice’s all-round performance including commercial success, projects, and approach to staff, clients, partners and the environment. Weston Street, White Collar Factory, Signal Townhouses and Television Centre were also shortlisted for project awards at the pan-industry event held in London. This is AHMM’s second practice award of 2018, having been named AJ100 Practice of the Year in June.

 



 

AJ Architecture Awards shortlist

09/10/2018

AJ Architecture Awards shortlist

Four AHMM projects have been shortlisted for this year’s AJ Architecture Awards. Liverpool’s Royal Court has been shortlisted for Cultural Project of the Year, Weston Street for Housing Project of the Year (up to £10m) and White Collar Factory and Television Centre for Mixed Use Project of the Year. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the Roundhouse in London on 4 December.

 



 

White Collar Factory wins BCO Innovation Award

03/10/2018

White Collar Factory wins BCO Innovation Award

White Collar Factory has won the British Council for Offices’ national Innovation Award, announced last night (2 October) at a ceremony in London. It was also highly commended in the Commercial Workplace category, having won the BCO’s London regional award earlier this year. Judges commented that White Collar Factory had ‘challenged the very concept of the workplace’ and praised the ‘positive impact the development has had on the local environment’. Find out more about this year’s BCO winners here.
 



 

19/09/2018

Open House 2018

AHMM is once again taking part in Open House London, the annual architecture festival that gives public access to hundreds of buildings across the city. This year’s programme takes place this weekend, and six AHMM buildings join the programme with architect-led tours of New Scotland Yard, Television Centre and White Collar Factory; The Library at Willesden Green, Barking Town Centre and the Barbican Centre will also be open to the public. Find out more about these and the full programme here.

 



 

22/08/2018

Open House 2018

AHMM is once again taking part in Open House London, the annual architecture festival that gives public access to hundreds of buildings across the city. This year’s programme takes place on the weekend of 22 and 23 September, and seven AHMM buildings join the programme with architect-led tours of Adelaide Wharf, New Scotland Yard, Television Centre and White Collar Factory; The Library at Willesden Green, Barking Town Centre and the Barbican Centre will also be open to the public. Find out more about these and the full programme here.

 



 

Awards news

05/07/2018

Awards news

AHMM has celebrated five awards wins this week. On Monday, Housing Design Awards were given to Weston Street and Signal Townhouses. The Housing Design Awards were launched in 1948 to reward better municipal post-war rebuilding and now aim to identify exemplars across both public and market housing; you can see all of this year’s winners here. At the New London Awards on Wednesday, White Collar Factory was announced the winner of the Wellbeing category, while 1 Finsbury Avenue won the Offices (Unbuilt) category; find out more about the New London Awards and winning projects here. Later that evening, One King William Street was named the City of London’s Best Retrofit by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects.
 



 

Awards for White Collar Factory and Weston Street

19/04/2018

Awards for White Collar Factory and Weston Street

White Collar Factory received two awards from the British Council for Offices’ (BCO) London region yesterday (18 April), winning the Commercial Workplace and Innovation accolades. Judges commented that the project had ‘truly broken the mould’ and that it would ‘deliver lessons for office development for years to come’. The project will now be considered for the BCO’s national awards, given in October. Later the same day, Weston Street was awarded a commendation by the American Institute of Architects’ UK chapter at their annual Excellence in Design Awards gala. Find out more about the BCO Awards here.

 



 

04/04/2018

RIBA Awards regional shortlist

Five AHMM projects have been shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Regional Awards. Weston Street, Upper Richmond Road, Hawley School and White Collar Factory are among the 93 buildings shortlisted within the London region, while Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre has been shortlisted in the RIBA North West region. Shortlisted projects will be visited over the next month, and winning projects will be announced in May. A RIBA Regional Award is given to a UK building for its regional importance as a piece of architecture; winners are considered for RIBA National Awards, announced later in the year. Find out more about the RIBA Awards and see past winners here.
 



 

A new look for Old Street roundabout?

14/02/2018

A new look for Old Street roundabout?

A proposal by AHMM in collaboration with Derwent has made the longlist for a competition to transform Old Street Roundabout, the location of White Collar Factory and The Bower. The competition was launched in December by Islington Council in partnership with the Mayor of London, Transport for London and Hackney Council, seeking proposals for a new gateway structure or public artwork reflecting the area’s identity as a hub for digital innovation. The 39 longlisted entries will be on display at Old Street Yard until 2 March – find out more here.
 



 

White Collar Factory launched

05/09/2017

White Collar Factory launched

Today has seen the launch of White Collar Factory at Old Street Yard, the latest iteration in AHMM’s long term research project with Derwent that has explored the enduring qualities of industrial buildings and applied them to the modern workplace. The 76m, sixteen storey tower features high ceilings, generous, flexible floorplates, sustainable ‘concrete core cooling’, and the first use of natural ventilation in a spec office, with openable windows and user-controlled internal environment. It also has a rooftop running track believed to be London’s first of its kind, as well as a club-café space for workers to relax, meet and enjoy views over the city. While the tower is complete, occupied and forming a new landmark on the Old Street roundabout, work continues on completion and fit-out of neighbouring buildings and public realm at Old Street Yard, which together will create a new piece of city in this pivotal location.
 



 

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.
 



 

Buildings and Art

11/07/2017

Buildings and Art

Simon Allford has contributed to a film made by Derwent London about the importance of art in their buildings. The film also features the Tea Building, Angel Building and White Collar Factory, all of which feature specially-commissioned works by artists including Thomas J Price, Teresita Fernandez, Sachiyo Nishimura and Ian McChesney. You can watch the video here.
 



 

04/07/2017

AHMM wins Outstanding Achievement award at Norwood Property Awards

AHMM has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Norwood Property Lunch, an annual property event organised by Norwood, a leading UK charity supporting vulnerable children and families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities. AHMM is the first architecture practice to win the accolade in the 18 years of the awards, and White Collar Factory also picked up the Commercial Development Award, presented to client Derwent London.
 



 

UK and US awards success

21/10/2016

UK and US awards success

This week has seen further awards recognition for AHMM’s work in the UK and the US. AEP Fitness Center and OKSea both won American Institute of Architects Central States Regional Design Excellence awards, which recognise outstanding architecture in the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. On Wednesday evening Alconbury Club was awarded Commercial Project of the Year at the Structural Timber Awards, in recognition of its innovative use of cross-laminated timber. Finally this week, White Collar Factory was named MIPIM UK/Estates Gazette Visionary Building of the Year at the MIPIM UK conference, where Simon Allford also chaired a panel discussion earlier in the day.

 



 

White Collar Factory tops out

20/04/2016

White Collar Factory tops out

White Collar Factory celebrated reaching its highest point on Tuesday. The topping out ceremony was hosted by Derwent London and Brookfield Multiplex together with the project team of AHMM, Arup, AKT-II, AECOM and Jackson Coles. Speakers included Derwent directors Simon Silver and Paul Williams as well as Simon Allford, who was joined by Associate Director Stephen Taylor and the design team.
 

The White Collar Factory concept has evolved through AHMM’s long standing relationship with Derwent London, with the aim to create a sustainable and adaptable office building. The key design features include high ceilings which increase daylight penetration allowing for larger floor plates, in turn increasing the flexibility of use; while Smart Servicing maximises passive systems such as concrete core cooling and minimalizes excessive kit. A simple passive façade with openable windows and solar shading reduces the need for mechanical cooling. The building is scheduled to complete later this year.
 



 

24/02/2014

Onsite at White Collar Factory, Old Street

Demolition works have begun at White Collar Factory, Old Street, marking the latest phase of development of the White Collar Factory (WCF) in London’s Tech City. Although currently standing defiantly amid the surrounding rubble, the WCF prototype will also soon be dismantled to make way for its 16-storey iteration, due for completion in 2016.
 



 

City Road Receives Planning Permission

12/10/2011

City Road Receives Planning Permission

London Borough of Islington has granted planning permission for the City Road Estate.


This mixed use scheme on the gateway between Islington and the City will provide 372,500sq.ft of cutting edge working, living and retail/restaurant uses arranged around a new public court. 


A significant 16 storey tower accommodating 300,000sq.ft of innovative working space will mark this exciting development within the emerging Old Street Roundabout regeneration. The city block is completed by a south facing courtyard lined by a group of new and refurbished buildings containing further offices and complimented by restaurant and residential uses. The buildings continue our research into the ‘White Collar Factory’ concept of new working environments enriched by sustainable technologies. 



 

Design for Future Climate

19/11/2010

Design for Future Climate

Alongside the Engineers and Building Physicists at Arup, we have been working on an advanced study considering the impacts of potential climate change and potential adaptation measures for our City Road project. This study has won government funding from the Technology Strategy Board as part of the 'Design for Future Climate' programme, and could in turn be used to inform strategies and decisions for other similar commercial office buildings.


Our City road project is just starting and is a tall new office building on the busy junction of City Road and Old Street in London. Behind this building is a collection of refurbished buildings containing further office space and a small residential element. All buildings face onto a new public square raised above street level and animated by retail and restaurants.


For more information on the ‘Design for Future Climate’ programme click here.




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