In November 2010, Favermead Ltd, Professor Sir Nasser D. Khalili’s property company, entered into a major partnership with Axa Real Estate Investment Managers to develop a project in the mid-town area of London, in the heart of the legal district (52 – 60 Holborn Viaduct, Central London)
A complete redevelopment of the property was undertaken to provide high specification, sustainable, flexible and ecologically sensitive office space in a most prestigious location.
Sir David’s vision to make a positive contribution to the city of London was interpreted by an award-winning design team within the international firm of architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
This design enhanced the lively and dynamic environment in Holborn Viaduct, which is a principle and much travelled route between the City and the West End.
The simple but stunning organic form of the building now provides a harmonious counterpoint to its urban context. The generous external curves of this monumental structure take their origins from the views and sightliness of its city location and the striking façade of twisted fins over a light glazed curtain wall imparts a strength and modern beauty.
Encompassed within this development is a sensitively imagined new Gate House. Sited at the north-east corner of Farringdon Road, it was rebuilt using traditional materials, respecting the ethos of existing grand Victorian buildings.
Completed in the second quarter of 2013, this bold development of 220,000 sq.ft. comprising luxury offices with car parking, upscale retail and leisure facilities, qualified under the BREEAM environmental performance assessment method as ‘Excellent’.
The entire building was leased by Amazon UK. In 2014 the building became one of the 13 winners in the Urban Land Institute’s Global Awards, citing the blending of modern and historic architectural elements.