The proposal for a bold and dynamic scheme by Morris+Company to deliver contemporary new work space at Embassy Gardens has been submitted for planning by developer Ballymore.
EG:HQ, with its stepped levels and cascading garden terraces, is designed to bring the vision of Embassy Gardens as a rich architectural riverside district in the heart of Nine Elms to life. Positioned directly opposite the new US Embassy, with panoramic views over the Thames, the proposed office building is designed with health and wellbeing at its core.
The 13-storey office building is designed to provide 217,000 sq. ft. of flexible, contemporary workspace and 18,000 sq. ft. of outdoor amenity space, including a 9,000 sq. ft. communal terrace and additional private open-air terraces. The plans also propose over 5,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail/restaurant space, in addition to 330 cycle spaces and a cycle workshop, all at the centre of the Embassy Gardens masterplan.
The proposal features significant cut backs at the building’s upper levels to create six generous communal terrace areas, overlooking the river. These are designed to encourage outdoor working, events and socialising. The ‘stepped’ design also allows for a high provision of green roofs, proposed to enhance biodiversity, plus private terraces and roof gardens. Generous storage for securely parking bikes as well as a cycle repair shop, shower rooms, changing rooms, lockers and WCs are designed to promote cycling as a means of travelling to and from work.
The Northern Line extension, due to open in 2021, will see two new stations open at Nine Elms and nearby Battersea Power Station, dramatically cutting commuter time for those travelling from central London and further afield.