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THE LSA’S NEW HOME IN HACKNEY WITH BRITISH LAND

Front elevation of 6 Orsman Road.

The London School of Architecture is delighted to announce it has moved into Storey at 6 Orsman Road, a new development by British Land

The 6 Orsman Road site is located on the banks of Regent’s Canal in the creative hub of Haggerston. The sustainably focused office building comprises 34,000 sqft across five floors and has been designed to enhance productivity. The LSA has signed a five-year lease on two adjoining first floor units, which comprise over 4,000 sqft – doubling the space the LSA previously occupied on Mare Street, Hackney.

Will Hunter, Founder of the London School of Architecture, who negotiated the agreement with British Land, said:

 

British Land is one of the major players shaping the capital city, and we are delighted to have found our new home with such a visionary landlord who can support our ambitions for expansion over the next 5-10 years. 

6 Orsman Road offers a range of inspiring spaces for our staff and students to speculate together about the future of architecture, and how it can make positive impacts to our cities and our environment. 

As a long-term resident of Hackney, we are so happy to have found a new office concept in the borough that can deliver the flexibility, adaptability and variety we need for the next chapter of our growth.

The LSA’s studio is facing the street on the first floor.
The rear view of 6 Orsman Road from across the canal.

Championing sustainable materials

Designed by LSA Practice Network member Waugh Thistleton Architects, Storey’s 6 Orsman Road is championing the use of sustainable materials for flexible offices. The building’s design is aligned to the core principles of sustainability and throughout the design process there has been a focus on reducing environmental impact by reusing or recycling materials where possible.

At 6 Orsman Road a cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure has been used to reduce the building’s impact on the environment, as compared to concrete and steel CLT production requires less water and energy to manufacture. CLT is also exposed internally at 6 Orsman Road, minimising the number of finishes used on the structure, and the offcuts from the building have been repurposed to make furniture within the shared spaces of the building.

To further enhance the sustainability of the building, 6 Orsman Road has photovoltaic cells on the roof which are a renewable energy source. The expansive rooftop terrace has been designed by landscaper FFLO and is bio-diverse, featuring a brown roof, insect boxes, edible plants and fruit trees.

The penthouse breakout space, with fantastic views across the city
The amazing roof terrace with panoramic views across the city and the canal

Enhancing productivity and wellbeing

Everything at 6 Orsman Road, from the exposed timber to the waterside setting, has been designed to make its occupants feel calm, focused and inspired. Storey worked with leading acousticians Sandy Brown to develop acoustics guidelines for the office to ensure that there were a range of spaces where productivity would not be impacted by bustle and noise; the timber surfaces and panels within the building have a special acoustic benefit, absorbing sound and so improving comfort.

Other areas within the building have been created for noisier and more collaborative work, such as the lounge and the café, ensuring activities at different noise levels happen in different spaces.

Throughout 6 Orsman Road a range of all-natural materials have been used, including clay finishes and marmoleum tiles, which when paired with natural daylight and air-purifying plants come together to create a working environment that actively boosts productivity and improves wellbeing. Studies by the World Health Organisation have found that the use of biophilic design can increase office productivity by 8% and wellbeing by 13%, and companies with timber interiors report higher staff retention, and fewer employee sick days.

The LSA will be able to enjoy a range of onsite amenities, including private and shared rooftop terraces with panoramic views over London. The spacious terraces have been specifically designed to allow multiple working styles through the use of outdoor shading, providing a range of spaces to suit everyone’s needs.

Additional amenities include generous cycling and shower facilities complete with fresh towels. Storey have also partnered with the Shoreditch Trust’s social enterprise training Restaurant Waterhouse, who will run the café on the ground floor. The café will serve a range of local and ethically sourced healthy food.

6 Orsman Road is located in a prime position on the bank of the tranquil Regent’s Canal in Haggerston, between Shoreditch, Hoxton and Dalston. Haggerston benefits from fantastic cycling routes across London and is conveniently located on Super Cycle Highway 1. From here you can cycle to and from work with ease, reaching Shoreditch in 6 minutes, Broadgate in 8 minutes and Liverpool Street in 10 minutes.

Typical fit-out of studio space

What’s the Storey?

British Land has a portfolio of high-quality UK commercial property focused on London offices and retail around the UK. It owns or manages a portfolio valued at £14.8bn (British Land share: £11.2bn) as at 31 March 2020 making it one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies.

Storey is British Land’s solution to flexible private workspace – flexible in terms of lease length, size of office, layout and design, and a suite of all-inclusive services. They describe this nimble approach as “allowing customers to create an office that is truly designed and built around their company’s needs”.

6 Orsman Road has been designed to cater for businesses with 20+ employees and customers will benefit from Storey’s focus on private space and the ‘Storey spine system’, which offers a unique sustainable and re-configurable office model, enabling workspaces to easily adapt to changing office requirements.

Established in 2017 by British Land, Storey creates and provides private flexible workspaces in inspiring locations, partnering with award-winning architects and designers. Storey has created an innovative alternative to the traditional leases for businesses that need their own private space with built-in flexibility, working with its customers’ growth plans and business strategy.

Increasingly British Land’s focus is on providing a mix of uses and this is most evident at Canada Water, our 53-acre redevelopment opportunity where we have plans to create a new neighbourhood for London, including a modular education campus.

Sustainability is embedded throughout their business. Their places, which are designed to meet high sustainability standards, become part of local communities, provide opportunities for skills development and employment and promote wellbeing.

In April 2016 British Land received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK’s highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental achievements over a period of five years.

 

Long section of 6 Orsman Road. The LSA is on the first floor.
Typical floor plan. The LSA has the two street-facing studios indicated at the bottom of the drawing.
Waugh Thistleton’s structural isometric