PwC, One Embankment Place
Charing Cross, London
376,277 Sq Ft
Fit-out, Interior Design
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Having made the decision to stay in One Embankment Place, the iconic Terry Farrell air-rights building above Charing Cross Station they had occupied since 1991, PwC's brief was for a modern, flexible, sustainable, collaborative and intelligent workplace.
One Embankment Place has been completely transformed; creating a 'business hotel' to meet the needs of PwC for approximately another 20 years, and with the highest BREEAM sustainability rating ever achieved to date (BREEAM Outstanding rating of 96.31%).
The wholesale base build refurbishment and interior fit-out was carried out whilst 50% of staff remained in occupation, without any interruption to the business. Over 4,500 people now work flexibly across the whole building, sharing 3,150 workstations on a highly agile occupancy ration of 1:1.45.
The design concept focused on the creation of a 'heart space', a central hub zone on each floor horizontally linking the existing North and South atria. Previously lacklustre, fully enclosed and surrounded by offices, these spaces now provide visual connection floor to floor, house refreshment areas and collaborative workspaces, and give connectivity. Value has been added by opening up the atria - allowing natural light to flood throughout the floors to the benefit of all.
The South atrium has a dramatic, cantilevered new staircase linking the practice floors to the central cafe and restaurant at Level 1, which also houses the main reception and visitor facilities. From here visitors can take the new scenic lifts in the North atrium up to the meeting and dining suite on Level 9, with transparent views of the business. PwC's vibrant brand colours are used throughout to identify the floors and are a core part of the wayfinding and signage strategy.