The Angel Building Takes Off In London

Angel Building London Enterior

The Angel Building in London has been awarded National Winner in the Refurbished/Recycled Workplace category at the 2011 British Council for Offices (BCO) Awards.

The 2011 BCO Award winners were announced in front of 1300 members and their guests at the National Awards Dinner.

With an impressive range of shortlisted nominees in this year’s awards, the Angel Building award is a credit to Derwent London’s vision and the design work from architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM). Derwent London’s bold move to refurbish an unloved building in a tough economic climate has deservedly delivered just rewards.

In its role as Building Services Engineer and BREEAM/EPC assessor, Norman Disney & Young (NDY) worked closely with the architects and client to realise the vision of regenerating this building to deliver a 21st century commercial workplace with a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

“The Angel Building had already been awarded the BCO Regional winner category for London & the South East earlier this year: this National Award is a validation to the client and design team of the transformation of this site to provide a functional and aesthetically remarkable building” says Allen Williamson, Director at NDY’s London office.

Angel Building London Interior

With the Angel Building, the design teams have infused the London’s Clerkenwell area with a restrained piece of modern architecture that engages with its surroundings. The clever resurrection of a previously neglected courtyard into a welcoming atrium, which is now the heart of the building, is just one example of how the Angel Building provides a lesson in maximising use of available space.

“By retaining the existing structure, we were faced with a number of opportunities as well as challenging design constraints” says Williamson. “This lead to a number of innovative energy-efficient designs including displacement ventilation, the use of the building’s thermal mass and biomass boilers. These initiatives were fundamental to achieving the BREEAM Excellent rating of over 74 per cent and an EPC rating of B”.

“The client and design team are all delighted with the transformation of a lumbering eyesore into a landmark building. The National Award is testament to a well coordinated team working with common purpose and commitment to achieve an excellent result” he adds.

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. You can visit the Energy Awards website at: for more information.

By Ric Navarro 
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