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20 Bloomsbury Square Transformed

In May 2010 the London Estate of the Duke of Bedford appointed Waterland Associates to manage the complete refurbishment of 20 Bloomsbury Square, a Grade II listed office building, situated on the prestigious North side of Bloomsbury Square.

As well as needing to completely refurbish and extend the structure of the building and replace all of the electrical and plumbing systems, the Bedford Estate wished to rationalise the internal spaces of the building so as to return the historic interiors to their original design and remove the unsympathetic building work that has been carried out during the 20th century. Additionally, the client wished this building to be an exemplar project; integrating modern IT infrastructure and low-energy and renewable technology into a listed structure.

Waterland Associates worked at the head of a team of specialist building design consultants to develop detailed proposals that not only returned the historic interiors to their former glory, but also provided comprehensive telecoms and data cabling throughout the building and air conditioning to all office spaces, using low-energy air source heat pumps and concealed photovoltaic roof panels.  The design also managed to increase the overall amount of lettable floor area by simplifying and rationalising the existing layouts, reducing the amount of unnecessary circulation space.

After a listed building consent was received, the specialist refurbishment contractor, Coniston, was appointed to undertake the work and the project was successfully completed during the summer of 2012.

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