the Greater London Authority on time and on budget and little over
two years from the start of construction. The Greater London
Authority will now be able to move into their new home in time for
Nick Raynsford, minister for London, said:
'City Hall, the magnificent new home for the GLA, will be at the
democratic heart of London. It is a building that is already
attracting a huge amount of public interest and one that Londoner's
can be proud of.
'The project is an excellent example of the public and private
sectors working together to produce outstanding value for money for
the taxpayer. The GLA will pay rent of£36.50 per square foot on a 25
year lease. Instead of unpredictable rent reviews, rental increases
are limited to 3.5% per year. This makes it one of the best value
comparable rents in London.
'Although the GLA will pay a low rent, there has been no compromise
on quality. City Hall is a landmark building designed to world class
standards by architects, Foster & Partners.
'A key requirement, by government at the outset, was that the
building should achieve an 'Excellent' Building Research Establish
Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) assessment. An
independent report commissioned by the G L A confirmed that the
building's environmental performance meets this criterion, placing it
in the top banding of 'Excellent' assessments for office buildings.
'City Hall is a great headquarters for London Governance and will be
a great experience for Londoners to visit.'
City Hall is owned and was developed by CIT Group, designed by
architects Foster and Partners and project managed for the Government
Office for London by Turner & Townsend. It will accommodate 560 GLA
staff and is designed to be fully accessible to Londoners attending
the Mayor's Question time and other meetings in the Chamber as well
as conferences and events in London's Living Room which has
spectacular views across London.
- 'BREEAM = Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment
Methodology. It is a standard method for calculating a building's
potential environmental impact in operation.'
- Location: More London - a 13-acre development close to Tower Bridge
and bounded by the Thames, Potters Field and Tooley Street, SE1.
- Owner/Developer: The CIT Group plc, specialists in property
investment, development and asset management.
- Project description On completion, More London will be a 2.5
million sq. ft development with offices, an hotel, shops, cafes,
bars and restaurants.
- Other tenants: Under construction new 500,000 sq. ft headquarters
building for occupation in 2003 by Ernst & Young, global business
Under construction, Building 6, part pre let to Bacon & Woodrow the
leading European pensions and investment consultancy
- Height of building: 45m
- No. of floors: 10 floors above ground
- Gross floor area: 185,000 sq. ft/18,000m2 (approx.)
- Nett lettable floor area: 130,000 sq. ft/12,000m2 (approx.)
- Steelwork: Structural frame - 2100 tons Reinforced - 1950 tons
- Concrete (core): 13,100m2
- Cladding: 7,300 m2 of triple glazed low emissivity coated clear
glass, incorporating shading devices.
- Heat insulation: Average value = 0.7-0.8 W/m2.k
- Angle of glass front inclination: 31 degrees
- Diameter of circular glass façade: 45m
- Environmental strategy: Openable vents allow natural ventilation,
bore hole water cooling, heat recovery, displacement ventilation
system, no chillers required.
- Energy consumption: Energy consumption for GLA's environmental
systems is less than half levels in DETR good practice office
guide. The radical shape of the building minimises the surface area
(approx. 25% less than an equivalent rectangular building), is
self-shading and the high performance façade ensures excellent
- Electrical consumption: Greatly reduced as result of using cold
ground water instead of refrigeration to air condition the
building. Saving use of mains water, the water is extracted through
two bore holes from the water table beneath London and is used to
cool the building and is then used for flushing the toilets.
- Commissioned by: Government Office for London
- Owners and developers: CIT
- Project Managers: Turner and Townsend
- Architect (GLA HQ and Masterplanner of More London): Foster and
- Construction managers: MACE
- Structural, services, façade, fire, communications and acoustics
engineers: Arup & Partners
- Cost consultants to CIT: Davis Langdon & Everest and Mott Green &
- Landscape architects: Townshends