HBG Construction has commenced work at 55 Baker Street, London W1 for client London and Regional Properties Ltd. This follows on from the appointment to carry out pre-construction services in September last year. The project has a total value of circa £115 million.
The former Marks and Spencer HQ building is to be transformed by extensive demolition works and re-modelling. The completed project will include 61,735 square metres of office accommodation, three storey town houses, leisure and retail facilities plus covered public space.
The computer images show the striking glass masks and atria, one of which forms the new main entrance. The atria will rise eight storeys above ground level.
The masks along Baker Street will consist of overlapping diamond shaped glazed scales, pinned off a steel diagrid structure stiffened by cables. The mask enclosures draw on a history of glasshouse structures which used filigree structure and overlapping glass to achieve a high degree of transparency and elegance.
The architect for the project is make, the quantity surveyor is Tweeds Construction Consultancy, the structural engineer is Expedition Engineering and the services engineer is Blyth & Blyth Consulting Engineers Ltd.