The Charter Building
The Charter Building in Uxbridge, west London, is ready to welcome occupiers after a major overhaul that has created 240,000 sq ft of innovative, high specification, design-led contemporary office workspace.
Developed speculatively by a joint venture between Landid Property and Brockton Capital, the building is the largest office development in Uxbridge and one of the largest new office buildings in the South East.
The Charter Building has been designed to foster collaboration, co-working and creativity and brings an entirely new kind of buzzing workspace offer to Uxbridge.
The building was acquired by the Landid and Brockton partnership in 2013 and following planning construction began in 2015 and completed in December 2016.
The project, designed by dn-a architects, saw the original tired 1980s office building, which was once the UK headquarters for Coca Cola, completely stripped back to its structural frame.
The floorplates were extended and a new penthouse floor with access to a dramatic roof terrace has been added, offering stunning views of the town. The new building features ceiling heights up to four metres, vast one-acre floorplates and a voluminous central atrium, as well as an internal ‘street’ that runs 100m from north to south through the ground floor.
Chris Hiatt, Director at Landid Property, spoke to Premier Construction about the project:
“The original building was put up for sale in 2013 and we bought it as an empty building with our partners Brockton Capital. We then spent a period of time going through a planning process. We’ve added extra space to the building: originally it was about 140,000 sq ft and we’ve added around 100,000 sq ft.
“When we acquired the building it had been occupied for about 20 years so the M&E services were quite tired while the fittings and general finishes were starting to look dated.
“When setting out on this project we wanted to see how much floor space we could create. We like to build creative refurbishments so the brief we set centred on a characterful fit out. It needed to be contemporary and different from normal office fit outs.”
The internal ‘street’, which will act as a dynamic breakout area, encouraging serendipitous encounters, is one such feature that is anything but a standard office offering. The vast central atrium also provides an alternative space to work including soft furnishings and informal break out spaces and will enable occupiers to meet clients, brainstorm with colleagues over a coffee from the onsite barista, or simply refocus outside their main office setting.
The overall feel of The Charter Building is similar to that of a relaxed 5 star hotel – complete with a seamless front-of-house and concierge service.
Located in the centre of Uxbridge, just 30 seconds walk from the tube station, the Charter Building is just 16 minutes from Heathrow airport and 40 minutes from Central London.
Summarising the project Chris commented:
“It’s been a relatively smooth process. The only real challenge was that the building is in a central location and is fairly constrained with regards to building work.
“It means a lot to have completed this project. We’ve built on time, we’ve built to an agreed specification and we’ve kept in budget. With our partner Brockton Capital we’re the leading speculative office developer in the West London market, delivering a type of building no one else does.”
The Landid/Brockton partnership was formed in 2013 and has developed six schemes in the Western Corridor, with the aim of creating a new generation of office space that caters to the needs of modern occupiers in terms of design, working environment, sustainability, cost effectiveness and connectivity.