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British Land Reveals Euston Tower Plans to Become Life Sciences Hub

British Land Reveals Euston Tower Plans to Become Life Sciences Hub
12 July 2023

British Land has unveiled plans to transform London’s Euston Tower into a life sciences and innovation hub.

The building is set to become a modern, net-zero workplace with lab-enabled spaces to target life science and innovation occupiers.

As part of the company’s focus on the life sciences and innovation sectors, British Land plans to deliver around 190,000 sq ft of lab space by the end of the 2023-24 financial year.


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Originally built in 1970 and vacant since 2021, the new Euston Tower will “lead the way” in low-carbon retrofit and construction techniques according to British Land. The construction will re-use and recycle existing material as much as possible, specifying low carbon and recycled materials where new is required and only using certified carbon offsets as a last resort.

Leading the design are award-winning Danish architecture practice 3XN who have recently worked with British Land on Broadgate’s 2FA. They are supported by London-based architecture and landscape studio DSDHA who re-designed much of Broadgate’s public realm, including Exchange Square.


‘A New Breed of Tall Building’


The team have drawn up designs which would retain elements of the original tower, including the foundations, basement and core, while transforming the building and surrounding area into a welcoming, accessible and creative new space. Proposals for a new and improved public realm include large areas of greening and a space for events.

Audun Opdal, Senior Partner and Head of Design, 3XN, said: “We are proud to work on this highly progressive project and feel our proposals will transform the disused Euston Tower into a beautifully designed, sustainable new building, delivering workspaces for the future and accessible and inclusive spaces for neighbouring communities.

“Working with our innovation unit GXN, we will reuse and recycle materials throughout the development, and ultimately reach net zero at completion and in operation. As such, we have developed a guiding hierarchy for how we find the best place for any elements that are removed from the existing structure. Where we cannot retain materials in situ we are developing innovative methodologies for recycling and upcycling, working closely with research institutes to further this.  Architecturally this will be a new breed of tall building, one that minimises operational energy use through passive design, reducing solar gain with less glazing and increased façade depth.”

Subject to consultation with the community and discussions with members and officers at Camden Council, British Land hopes to submit a planning application for Euston Tower towards the end of 2023.

Picture: a CGI image showing the exterior of the newly imagined Euston Tower. Image Credit: British Land

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 12 July 2023


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