The London Borough of Barnet’s exemplar new offices will be the centrepiece of the Grahame Park regeneration of Colindale. The new 10 storey building comprises 90,000 sq ft of flexible office space, plus a public-facing contact centre and a café.
Colindale is a neighbourhood in the London Borough of Barnet identified by the Council for redevelopment because of high levels of deprivation and the poor condition of the built environment. The relocation of the council’s administrative offices to this area is a key part of the regeneration, alongside the delivery of 10,000 new homes. The new building will bring the majority of council services together under one roof, replacing a number of now defunct buildings across the borough in a more cost efficient and connected environment. The move will also free up a number of sites for redevelopment as part of the council’s wider estate strategy.
“Hawkins\Brown have provided an excellent Architectural service on this project. They have challenged the existing design and added real value.”
Dan Harrison Employer’s Agent, Barnet Council
Serving local residents
The move places the council’s services in a location that is easier for the majority of residents to access. The building has been purpose-built to support new ways of working that will enable the council to provide a better customer service. A new café open seven days a week will serve both staff and residents, plus the new meeting / conference spaces are available for public hire.
The new building will bring growth, improvements and opportunities to the area. With 2,000 staff based at Colindale, opportunities will be created for local business growth.
Hawkins\Brown were required to adapt a previous scheme for the site and incorporate additional facilities and floor space - all achieved without incurring additional costs. This required significant re-design and rationalisation of the previously proposed building form and structure. The new building enables more efficient, modern ways of working and is cheaper to run.
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