The London Legacy Development Corporation Planning Policy Decisions Committee is to approve plans for a new commercial building at International Quarter London (IQL), the £2.4 billion joint venture development between Lendlease and LCR, in Stratford, east London.
The building will provide 350,000 sq. ft. of new workspace across 22 storeys at the scheme, which is positioned at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Designed by architects Arney Fender Katsalidis (AFK), it will be the first building at IQL to incorporate ‘third space’ into its design. These areas, with their variety of uses, are included to create lively and dynamic environments which encourage movement and collaboration throughout the building.
The approval of plans for AFK’s new building marks a new chapter for IQL, as we bring this new type of public space to the area.”
From the design competition stage, we have focussed on creating an active and permeable ground level that creates a ‘sticky place’ encouraging people to dwell and linger. The office lobby challenges the tradition notion of stuffy corporate identity and is complemented by ‘third spaces’ to further enhance the attraction of the building to both office workers and the wider community."
The new building also boasts a sizeable roof terrace which, together with the active lobby, podium level, and activated public realm creates an exciting offer for future tenants and further enhances the space for IQL’s current occupiers.
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Andrew Tobin, Project Director of IQL, Lendlease said: “IQL is creating a new workplace experience for London, starting with the belief that a workplace should not have boundaries. It has been designed for tenants to have a multi-layered experience that extends from their desk to the variety of third space provisions available in the area.”
David Joy, Chief Executive of LCR, said: “This next phase of development at IQL will deliver a truly unique working environment for businesses in London. Our forward-thinking design will create a setting that helps employees to work with maximum productivity in the environment that suits them best, with unrivalled access to the highest quality leisure and wellbeing facilities that IQL has on its doorstep.”
Earle Arney, CEO at Arney Fender Katsalidis, said: "We are delighted to be working in collaboration with Lendlease and LCR to create the next addition to IQL. Our design for S4 is inspired by Stratford's industrial heyday and associated railway architecture, while also respecting the significant buildings by RSHP that already exist on the campus.”