One Crown Place

Statement

Client:  Alloy MTD/CBRE
Main Contractor:  O’Keefe Construction
Type of Works:  Temporary works
Value:  £3 million
Duration:  20 weeks
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Reflecting the old-meets-new character of the City and Hackney, One Crown Place comprises existing period buildings with two new 32-storey residential towers offering 246 apartments. The six-floor podium features 15,500m2 of high-quality office space, with a variety of retail space at ground level.

The pair of towers sit upon a podium block housing office, amenity space, retail and entrances and are orientated in such a way that they appear independent of the podium, yet are totally integrated in structural terms. To optimise the six levels of office space, the tower structures are transferred at the base of the tower, where storey-deep steel trusses have been adapted, spanning diagonally across the office space and supported off the expressed corner columns to the towers.

There is a true mix of approaches to form and construction in the scheme. The towers are new-build, as is the majority of the office space, yet a Victorian warehouse façade is neatly integrated into the schemes’ northern elevation. An existing 1980s office building to the north-west corner is retained and extended this will form a stand-alone office unit on the site. Additionally, the Georgian terraces, noted as having local heritage interest, are repaired and maintained to form part of a new boutique hotel on the site; all this over a new four-storey deep basement.

The plans also include 140,000ft2 of office space, which is to be housed in two buildings – 120,000ft2 in the new podium building and 20,000ft2 in 54 Wilson Street which is to be refurbished.

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