London, United Kingdom

Completion Date:
October 2009

Scottish Widows

Program: A mixed-use revitalization of three buildings on a London block, anchored by two office buildings for the investment firm Scottish Widows. At 58,534 square feet, the New Bond Street office consists of five stories added to existing street-level retail space. The five-story St George Street office contributes another 62,926 square feet. Sandwiched between the offices, on Maddox Street, is a luxury residential building with ground-floor retail space; Eric Parry Architects refurbished the 18 apartments above. The development also includes a central courtyard shared by the three buildings.

Design concept and solution: Retaining two of the block's facades—Regency on Maddox Street and Hanoverian on St George Street—the architects wanted to preserve the conservative character of the streets while adding an uplifting dose of contemporary design. The facade at New Bond Street features floor-to-ceiling curved-glass oriel windows that jut out over the street, allowing occupants to stand in the windows. Between the oriels, ceramic fins add depth and movement to the facade, an effect enhanced by the reflective glaze on the facade's ceramic cladding. For the second office, the architects gutted the interior and preserved the red brick facade and dormer windows on the building's St George Street side while adding another floor and a roof. They extended the office onto Maddox Street by removing a concrete building; the new construction on Maddox features a cantilevered black aluminum and glass-block facade.

Eric Parry Architects
28-42 Banner Street, London EC1Y 8QE, UK
T: +44 (0)20 7608 9600
F: +44 (0)20 7608 9601


Scottish Widows

Eric Parry Architects
28-42 Banner Street, London EC1Y 8QE, UK
T: +44 (0)20 7608 9600
F: +44 (0)20 7608 9601

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Eric Parry
Nick Jackson
Justin Sayer
Jeremy Foster
Damien Lee
Mohammed Ageli
Chloe Robinson
Nicholas Hornig
Krystin Schwendel
Vania Ramos

Structural engineer: Ramboll

Services engineer: Hilson Moran

Development Manager: Hanover Cube

Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald

Façade Engineer: Arup Façade Engineering

Townscape Designer: Richard Coleman Citydesigner

Planning Consultant: Gerald Eve

Approved Inspector: Approved Inspector Services

Party Wall Surveyor: Joel Michaels

Acoustic Engineer: Deane Austin Associates

Fire Safety Engineer: Safe Consulting

Rights of Light: Anstey Horne

Art Consultant: Modus Operandi

Martin Richman – façade lighting
Antoni Malinowski - mosaic

General contractor: Bovis Lend Lease

Timothy Soar
T: +44 (0)20 8986 7714

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Microstation, BIW, Workspace



Selected Subcontractors
Cladding: GIG Fassaden GmbH

Stone: Szerelmey Ltd

Demolition: McGee Group

Steelwork: Rowecord Engineering

Concrete: J Coffey Construction

Joinery: Ellmer Construction

Maddox St Houses: Ellmer Construction

Faience installation: Irvine Whitlock Ltd

Mechanical: MJ Lonsdale

Electrical: Hills Building Services

Drylining: Kent and Roberts

Brick and blockwork: Lesterose Builders ltd

Metalwork: Balguard Engineering ltd

Shopfront: Bassett and Findley

Plant Screens: Emtec Products

Roofing: 5M Ltd

Lifts: Otis

Raised Floors: Access Flooring Services

Mosaics: Orsoni

Selected Suppliers
Faience: Shaws of Darwen

Ironmongery: Allgood Plc

Fibrous Plaster ceilings: Ribbon and Reed Ltd

Reception Desk: Page Lacquer Company Ltd

Purbeck stone: W J Haysom & Son

Lighting: Lumitron, Zumtobel, Concord, Thorn, Erco, Bega, Modular Lighting, Rigens

Brick and Block: Ibstock

Carpets: Brintons

Paint: Dulux, Farrow and Ball

Green Roofs: Greenfix Skygarden

Timber Floors: Arden and Hodges

Glass Blocks: Pittsburgh Corning

Cladding Glazing: GIG (Flachglas, Finiglas Wernberg, Eckelt, St Gobain)

Cladding Coatings: Agru GmbH

Vitreous Enamels: A J Wells & Son