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Contemporary workspace in a historic setting

The rich history of the original building is revealed and framed through a contemporary palette, in an efficient working environment.

Local Government House was built in the 1920’s as the headquarters for the Transport and General Workers’ Union (T&G), and the HQ of the Labour Party and the Trade Union Congress. Throughout the following century the building sat at the heart of Britain’s political landscape. British Prime Ministers, including Clement Attlee and Harold Wilson were both based in the building. The political narrative has continued into the Local Government Association’s occupation towards the end of the 20th century.

The Challenge

Hawkins\Brown were appointed to oversee the re-organisation of the LGA’s workplace, to provide an efficient and open environment, allowing for commercial floor space to be freed up for 3rd Party Tenants.

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The Big Idea

An additional 2,600sqft of NIA is created by rationalising the floor plates; and the introduction of a glazed 7th Floor extension provides a new communal space for the office, with spectacular views of the square, and the Houses of Parliament beyond.

Working From The Inside Out

A clean, contemporary and natural material palette emphasises the original features of the interior. New open plan hot desking, coupled with a variety of breakout spaces provide a new comfortable communal working environment for staff and member.

“Hawkins Brown listened to our brief and created a clean, contemporary feel whilst retaining the character of the building.  On the hot-desking office floors we have been particularly pleased with the well-designed informal meeting areas and co-working spaces, which have encouraged employees to work differently and embrace flexible working practices. Raft ceilings, subtle colour detailing and contemporary lighting touches make the most of the building’s features and give an overall impression of quality.”

Claire Holloway Head of Corporate Services, Local Government Association

Project Summary

Project Team

Client Rep: City of London
Project Management: RLB
Quantity Surveyor: Turner and Townsend
Structural Engineer: PBA
M+E Engineer: PBA
Planning Consultant: Scott Brownrigg

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