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Unison House, London

Description

Unison House, London Unison House, London - Internal Unison House, London - Internal Unison House, London - Exterior (click to enlarge)

This ambitious mixed-use development involved creating a state-of-the-art new headquarters for Britain and Europe’s biggest public sector union. The build regenerated the site, provided affordable housing and restored the former Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital building to its full Victorian splendour. This ambitious and high-profile project balanced a sensitive renovation with a bold new build project.

The new main office building is kerbside of Euston Road. The limestone columns and spandrels wrap around the building and the double-glazed façades add depth to the elevation while offsetting the masonry. The number of columns has been reduced at the top of the building to draw attention to the glass and give the effect of a ‘crown’. The new development and restoration uses the public square behind it to create a campus effect with pedestrian access a major consideration.

Undertaking such a major build in such a sensitive area brought many environmental considerations including the close proximity of several major rail stations and, critically, a neighbouring hospital for children with hearing problems – clearly, the presence of heavy plant had to be carefully managed. Relations with the hospital and other neighbours remained favourable thanks to a pro-active approach from the project management team, with regular newsletters a key feature.



 

Education | Retail | Mixed development | Health | Office | Leisure | Law and order

Customer

Unison

Architect

Squire and Partners

Project manager

Drivers Jones

Structural engineer

AKS Ward

M&E Services engineer

Forman Roberts