7 More London Riverside is the final and largest building within the More London masterplan and provides a new 10-storey, sustainable headquarters for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The building incorporates a range of energy saving strategies. In addition to a high-performance façade designed to offer shade and insulation, the building features solar hot water panels, green roofs and fully automated building management and metering systems. A Combined Cooling Heating & Power (CCHP) trigeneration plant provides a low carbon source of cooling, heat and power and has resulted in 55% less CO2 emissions than that required under the 2006 Part L2 Building Regulations.
Visible from all sides, the building does not have an obvious ‘front’ or ‘back’, so particular consideration has been given to the façade in assuming a distinctive presence within the masterplan. The zig-zag facades screen the interiors but allow daylight to penetrate the office floors. A sequence of external louvres animate the glazed facades, capturing and projecting light and colours inside and creating a sparkling effect on the building’s outer skin. To further maximise daylight and views, the building’s symmetrical wings open towards the river to reveal the open circular drum at its core. Three curved bridges, at levels 2, 5 and 8, connect the two wings, while the southern elevation drops to 7 storeys to respect the height of the buildings along Tooley Street.
A triple height internal atrium functions as a central plaza for the building’s occupiers – a space where the potential for art and the arrangement of lifts and bridges mirrors the external life of More London. Escalators ascend to a mezzanine level with client meeting rooms and entertaining facilities, while a bank of lifts transport staff directly from ground level to the office floors. Two skylights illuminate the space and provide a focus for the circular landscaped terrace above, which forms one of several roof gardens. As well as a green roof on the lower southern elevation, the building incorporates a rubble roof to simulate a habitat that attracted birds during wartime London, but has since been displaced by modern development.
The orientation of the building is responsive to the site, surroundings and climatic conditions. Solar protection and maximising views across the river towards The Tower of London were key to the design of the façade.
The form and massing respond to overshadowing issues to the east and west, and are designed to maximise daylight penetration and views from the north. An inner courtyard helps to further maximise daylight penetration across the building floorplate.
The building has 235 bike racks and shower facilities for staff. It is part of a wider masterplan that reconnects the riverfront to Tooley Street, and has close by public transport nodes.
To reduce the embodied energy of the building, recycled aggregates were used in all the concrete. A new recycled cardboard flooring system was created with similar properties to a typical raised flooring system, but with a much lower embodied energy.
The More London masterplan helped to redevelop an inner city brownfield site, with little to no existing ecology. Ground level planting and brown roofs have helped enhance the habitat and protect endangered species on site.
The More London Masterplan is located in the heart of London, within walking distance from a number of the cities landmarks. The masterplan created sight lines across the development to both Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. 'The Scoop', in front of Plot 7, hosts regular free cultural activities over the course of the year.