The London Borough of Barnet’s exemplar new offices will be the centrepiece of the newly formed Southern Square, part of the Grahame Park regeneration of Colindale.
The new 10 storey building will comprise 90,000sq ft of flexible office space to house the London Borough of Barnet’s relocated staff.
Hawkins\Brown were required to adapt a previous scheme for the site and incorporate additional community facilities such as social services, a business innovation hub, a café and a public conference suite. This amended brief, which required additional floor space, had to be provided within the same budget, which required a significant re-design and rationalisation of the previously proposed building form and structure.
The building responds to the constrained nature of the site by combining two simple geometries: a triangular-shaped 4 storey element which maximises the footprint of the site, while creating a generous 4th floor roof terrace and addressing the surrounding lower-rise residential developments; a tall rectangular block which intersects the triangular form and accommodates the majority of the office space. At 10 storeys high, the new building will serve as a significant urban marker and gateway into the newly regenerated Grahame Park
The façade consists of reconstructed stone stringer-courses wrapping the building’s perimeter at every second floor level, with articulated brick piers spanning two storeys between the horizontal bands. Perforated metal panels at plant level complete the simple palette of materials and provide a crown for the building. This restrained material palette both ties in with the surrounding context and allows the building to establish its own identity and civic presence.