Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Chiswick Park

Date
1999-2016

Client
Stanhope Plc / Blackstone

Location
London, UK

Construction Cost
£ 130,000,000

Site Area
33 acres

Gross Floor Area
185,000 m²

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Overview

The key feature of the development is the spectacular parkland forming the heart of the site. The focal point of the park is a large lake, with a canopied timber boardwalk from which the entrance to each building is arranged.

The landscape is divided into an ‘inner garden’ and outer landscape areas, the former is highly detailed, while the latter is a softer, informal zone providing a park-like backdrop of native planting where green ‘fingers’ extend between the buildings, through to the perimeter car parks.

Chiswick Park has been developed as a place favouring people rather than vehicles. Designed for pedestrian priority (75 percent of those working at Chiswick Park arrive on foot, by bicycle, bus or train), all vehicular activity is routed around the edge of the site, to screened carparks or undercrofts beneath the buildings.

The design for each building is developed as ‘served’ and ‘servant’ space, in which a central core (servant) is surrounded by uninterrupted three metre-high floor to ceiling office floors (served), assisted by external

escape stairs which contribute to the distinctive identity of the scheme. Full height, glazed central atria provide views out into the park and bring natural light into the office space. The depth of each building varies, as determined by the masterplan, resulting in a variety of building sizes and contributing to the richness of the scheme as a whole.

The facades are fully glazed to maximise views and daylight, and enclose large, unobstructed office spaces. The comprehensive energy strategy includes fixed external sunshades in the form of a canopy of louvres at roof level as well as retractable fabric blinds on the east and west facades that are operated automatically via roof-mounted light sensors. Together, these shade 90 percent of the building’s surfaces, and together with a displacement heating and cooling system and the extensive use of natural ventilation, significantly reduce the requirement for air-conditioning.

Concept

The RSHP masterplan consists of twelve buildings with a total of 1.4 million square feet of office space, as well as parking for 1,700 cars, a health club, swimming pool, and brasserie-cafe set within a landscaped public space complete with open-air performance space and pond.

These facilities are designed to enhance the work-life balance of the occupants, supporting the concept of social sustainability. The buildings, arranged around the perimeter of the site enjoy views over the park with its central lake with three metre high waterfall, bridge and boardwalks, and extensive soft landscaped areas.

Each building at Chiswick Park is standardised taking advantage of off-site construction technology to maximise time and cost benefits. This approach reflects Stanhope’s conviction that a very high quality, distinctive and flexible development can be achieved using standardised components and built to conform to tight commercial constraints. To this end, the office buildings contain highly flexible space that can be configured in open plan or cellular form. Each floor plate can also be let as a single tenancy or as multiple tenancies split into divisions of two, three or four separate, fully independent tenancies.

Design

The key feature of the development is the spectacular parkland forming the heart of the site. The focal point of the park is a large lake, with a canopied timber boardwalk from which the entrance to each building is arranged.

The landscape is divided into an ‘inner garden’ and outer landscape areas, the former is highly detailed, while the latter is a softer, informal zone providing a park-like backdrop of native planting where green ‘fingers’ extend between the buildings, through to the perimeter car parks.

Chiswick Park has been developed as a place favouring people rather than vehicles. Designed for pedestrian priority (75 percent of those working at Chiswick Park arrive on foot, by bicycle, bus or train), all vehicular activity is routed around the edge of the site, to screened carparks or undercrofts beneath the buildings.

The design for each building is developed as ‘served’ and ‘servant’ space, in which a central core (servant) is surrounded by uninterrupted three metre-high floor to ceiling office floors (served), assisted by external

escape stairs which contribute to the distinctive identity of the scheme. Full height, glazed central atria provide views out into the park and bring natural light into the office space. The depth of each building varies, as determined by the masterplan, resulting in a variety of building sizes and contributing to the richness of the scheme as a whole.

The facades are fully glazed to maximise views and daylight, and enclose large, unobstructed office spaces. The comprehensive energy strategy includes fixed external sunshades in the form of a canopy of louvres at roof level as well as retractable fabric blinds on the east and west facades that are operated automatically via roof-mounted light sensors. Together, these shade 90 percent of the building’s surfaces, and together with a displacement heating and cooling system and the extensive use of natural ventilation, significantly reduce the requirement for air-conditioning.

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Awards

2012UK's 50 Best Workplaces
2011UK's 50 Best Workplaces
2010UK's 50 Best Workplaces
2009UK's 50 Best Workplaces
2008UK's 50 Best Workplaces
2007UK's 50 Best Workplaces
2006OAS (Office Agents Society) Best Speculative Building Outside Central London: Building 5
2003RIBA Award

Date
1999-2016

Client
Stanhope Plc / Blackstone

Location
London, UK

Construction Cost
£ 130,000,000

Area
Site Area
33 acres

Gross Floor Area
185,000 m²

Structural Engineer
Arup

Services Engineer
Arup

Quantity Surveyor
EC Harris / Mott Green & Wall

Landscape Architect
W8 Landscape Architects and Urban Planners / Charles Funke Associates

Contractor
Lend Lease

Planning Consultant
Lendlease

Letting Agents
Jones Lang La Salle & PDF Savills

Facade Consultant
Josef Gartner

Fire Consultant
Exova

Access Consultant
David Bonnet Associates

Infrastructure
Arup

Team

Elena Arzua Tourino

Annie Castle

Daniel Crane

John Dawson

Charles Gagnon

Pascale Gibon

Nick Hancock

Nerida Hodge

Basmah Kaki

Anja Kempa

Jose Llerena

Charles Meloy

Andrew Morris

Richard Paul

Tosan Popo

Richard Rogers

Marian San Emeterio

Neil Southard

Tomas Tvarijonas

Andrew Tyley

Christoph Wand

Matt Wilmer

Andrea Wu

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