OFR Consultants advises on new tower in London
Leading fire engineering consultancy OFR has advised developer British Land and Danish architect 3XN on a new planning application for a proposed office scheme in Broadgate, in the City of London.
Two new towers, 20 and 35 storeys’ in height, will occupy a site on Finsbury Avenue Square, with proposals to demolish two existing 1980s structures with a new, sustainable office building — 3XN’s first in London.
OFR Consultants has advised on the fire strategy and design of the structures, which would be connected by a 12-storey podium. The project will offer a total 85,000m2 of office space, as well as a further 15,000m2 of retail, storage and bar space.
Sam Liptrott of OFR said: “This is a brilliant project. It’s been interesting to explore the possibilities of this scheme; British Land has pledged a commitment to zero carbon new developments and that’s something we’ve had to factor in at every stage of the design and fire engineering strategy, especially as the broader design team continues to explore using existing elements of the site. I’m proud to be a part of this and look forward to moving forward through the planning process.”
British Land has confirmed that the building will incorporate ‘a series of forward-thinking environmental initiatives’ into the building a bid to achieve net zero carbon in construction and operation, as well as a BREEAM Outstanding certification.