280 Bishopsgate, London
280 Bishopsgate, London
- Proteus HR
The former headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland at 280 Bishopsgate, London, now looks and performs like a new development thanks in part to a comprehensive cladding solution from Proteus Facades.
280 Bishopsgate has become the epitome of how existing buildings can be brought back to life. The result is a solid and confident, yet respectful development that is a world away from the bank’s original head office.
The award-winning British interior design and architecture practice MoreySmith took advantage of a unique opportunity to modernise the early 2000s building and connect the diverse neighbourhoods of Spitalfields, Shoreditch, and the City.
MoreySmith specified Proteus Facades for 280 Bishopsgate because the company was able to supply a fully integrated façade that met their specific aesthetic, performance and budgetary requirements.
Achieving this bold update and meeting the client’s desired outcome involved specifying three different Proteus façade products, which were installed by Structura (UK) Ltd, who were working for Galliford Try.
The first of these was Proteus HR in 0.8mm Rimex Colourtec Black 316L Stainless Steel with a pinstripe finish. This was used throughout the façade, including the ground floor facade, bespoke planters and curved column casings, as well as the primary entrance areas.
Alongside the Rimex Colourtec black pinstripe are Proteus HR aluminium panels with a Natural clear anodised finish for the mezzanine level and soffits.
Completing the trio of façade solutions is stainless steel Proteus SC Mesh panels, manufactured for the scheme using a Banker Stainless steel wire mesh supplied through Amron Architectural. This material was PVF coated in a Gunn Metal finish to match the Rimex finish at John Desmond in London. Each mesh panel was inserted into a Rimex pinstripe picture frame with mitred flashings, which had to be meticulously assembled to allow the pinstripe pattern to flow A number of these panels were also developed into opening access doors so required the added complexity of hinge mechanisms and locks. Working with MoreySmith and Structura (UK) Ltd, the Proteus team designed the facade with a rear supporting aluminium framing system. This was both a discrete solution – essential for the Proteus SC perforated panels – and one that optimised material usage.
The refurbishment process was carried out with sustainability and well-being in mind, resulting in the redevelopment becoming the largest WELL Platinum office space in the UK. While becoming on 1 of 2 BREEAM Outstanding projects completed in London in 2022.
Significantly for this refurbishment is the fact that both Proteus HR and Proteus SC are a lightweight cladding system, which helped minimise loadings on the existing 12-storey building (a thirteenth story was added). Proteus cladding was used on all storeys. This contributed to the redevelopment meeting all necessary structural survey requirements and, critically, without major interventions.
Proteus worked closely with the architects, main contractor and installers throughout the project, providing input and expertise to ensure that the façade met the clients brief. This involved providing input at early design stage to ensure that the cladding met the strict budgeting requirement on this project as part of its ‘designed to budget’ approach – making sure that the customer receives a façade that aligns with their budget expectations.
The outcome was one that exceeded expectations. 280 Bishopsgate delivers a visually exciting design that achieves optimisation of material whilst working within the challenging city centre location.
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