HDR has completed work on the National Gallery’s One Accommodation Hub in London, which is the largest project undertaken by the multidisciplinary firm to date.
Located in Trafalgar Square, the gallery required much needed office space in the Trafalgar Square Wilkins building.
Project work saw a complete remodel of the northeastern part of the Grade I listed National Gallery building, creating office space for 250 existing staff in the form of an office development in an interior courtyard of seven floors. The new office spaces are located in the section that was part of the original building of the Barry 1876 extension.
HDR designed the construction of a new seven-story tower in one of the building’s last existing skylights, converting the multi-level ground floor and performing a wholesale remodel of the historic EM Barry North Building. . What has resulted from the work is a new modern office space which has provided significantly improved facilities that provide improved capacity for flexible working and collaboration, proving to be of great benefit to the existing workforce of the gallery. The company participated in the surveying and redesign of all MEP services until their completion.
Part of the project work required HDR to assess the impact of the new CIBSE Covid-19 ventilation guide. The design – which was proposed in 2017 – proved to be so robust that it allowed the company to keep all the ventilation installed, without the need to suspend the use of any installation item or components. . You could say that the design of the HDR plant was already Covid-19 compliant before the publication of the CIBSE guidelines.
The world-famous gallery’s HDR review also looked at the improvements to fresh air. As the atrium spaces are ventilated with fresh air, this allows surrounding offices to have additional fresh air movement, making the new building light, airy and fully Covid-19 compliant.