Centenary House, London Bridge SE1

Newly refurbished headquarters building in London Bridge.

Centenary House, London Bridge SE1

The FDA is the trade union representing professionals and managers in public service.

We have worked closely with the FDA over the past 4 years to help them realise their vision of moving to a new home offering head office space for the 21st century coupled with commercial revenue stream opportunities.

These Grade II listed buildings presented significant challenges to the design team and the FDA including:

  • Pre-construction archaeological investigations unearthing shards of Roman pottery, as well as a range of fabrics from the second century.
  • Asbestos built within the structure during more recent refurbishments
  • Ground obstructions impacting on sub-structure and vertical transportation design.
  • Project costs

 

 

All of these issues impacted on budgets and programme and various value engineering exercises, temporary works reviews and design developments were needed to finally bring the proposals to a point where works could proceed.

The FDA commissioned Cirpro to work with them to manage the process of refurbishment and redevelopment and we assembled a design team lead by Chris Binsted of Studio Downie Architects.

Great care has been taken to retain the building’s historical fabric, whilst creating a Grade A modern workplace.

The top three floors now provide bespoke space for the FDA’s head office staff but the building is intended to be much more than just a head office. The ground floor provides a 70-seat capacity, theatre-style conference facility, which will serve as a vital resource for FDA members to host branch meetings, conferences and training events.

This flexible space, with adjustable dividing walls giving the options of smaller meeting rooms to suit members’ needs. It is also complemented by fully-stocked catering facilities and a large breakout area.

These facilities also give the FDA the opportunity for commercial income streams, helping to subsidise running costs and contributing to long term financial goals.

Centenary House was formally opened by TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady on 22 January 2020.

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