As part of Open House Weekend I was lucky enough to get the chance to see the inside of Derwent's Angel Building, a beautiful example of an eco-friendly refurbishment.
Completed in 2010 at a cost of £68 million, the building is now almost fully let. Cancer Research pre-let half the building (even arranging with Derwent for a ban on fast-food restaurants, tobacconists and bookmakers from renting the ground floor!), and has since been joined by NG Bailey, Expedia and Sage International. For the full EGi Building Report, complete with planning, history, deals and more - please see here.
Once an unloved 1980s commercial building, Angel lay empty after BT moved out with three years left on the lease, citing problems with staff retention rates. The new tenants should have no such problems, the building having been designed specifically with workers' comfort in mind.
The large and sky-lit atrium makes a great place to relax in bad weather, and you can see clearly the old structure of the building, kept by the developers. By re-using the old concrete, now wrapped in highly energy efficient glazed skin, 7,400 tonnes of carbon has been saved. In addition a rainwater harvesting system and biomass boiler combine to help it achieve a BREEAM excellent rating.
It is during good weather however that the building really comes into its own. The amazing roof terrace is just what you need after a hard days work, with spectacular views over London and sofas for comfort.
Do you work in an office as nice as this? If so, let us know and we can feature it along side our open-house viewings in the battle for nicest work-place in London.