McLaren has been awarded the shell and core contract for the refurbishment of Angel Square in Islington by Tishman Speyer.

The project will transform 128,000 sq. ft office space in three linked buildings to create one 293,000 sq. ft building containing 188,000 sq. ft of affordable workspace, a replacement public house and a public café.

The works include retaining 70% of the existing structure, infilling the central courtyard and the construction of two new floors with roof terraces after the demolition of the upper level to create an exemplar building of contemporary architecture.

Additional works will include the Cat A fit out of the two new floors and installation of new MEP works.

A new glass reinforced concrete façade replaces the 1980s brick façade and is inset with glazed terracotta. An electric plant throughout, supplemented by renewable energy from rooftop photovoltaics.

The project is targeting BREEAM ‘Excellent’ by reducing the building’s embodied carbon emission through use of the existing ribbed reinforced-concrete frame and incorporating Protec’s Proplex closed remanufacturing scheme to recycle materials.

Works will start on site in June with the project due to complete in Q4 2024.

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Darren Gill
Darren GillManaging Director, London

These heavy refurbishments of existing structures are increasingly vital as a sustainable way of meeting occupier demands for modern office space with high environmental performance.

They can be delivered relatively quickly and Angel Square shows that the new building needn’t be limited by the previous layout. An intelligent design like this one can create a lot of extra space.

Nacho O’Leary, Senior Director overseeing Tishman Speyer’s Design & Construction activities across UK and Ireland, added: “McLaren has the experience of heavy refurbishment and of building above underground stations, which perfectly complements the rest of the project team.

“Together we will deliver a sustainable refurbishment which is a top priority for the firm.

“With Angel Square, Tishman Speyer is further extending its premium-quality office portfolio, while continuing to create an exemplar of ESG-focused and community-based design that will revitalize a prominent gateway site to Angel.”