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Canary Wharf's Citi Tower in £300m Retrofit

Canary Wharf's Citi Tower in £300m Retrofit
31 January 2022
 

Architect WilkinsonEyre is to transform Citi's UK & EMEA headquarters in Canary Wharf, London.

Citi Tower will be refurbished to reflect the changing nature of work, with even greater emphasis on shared spaces where colleagues can come together. 

The tower is among the largest workplace refurbishment projects in Europe and the bank will be applying for the project to become the UK’s tallest office refurbishment project to gain high-level LEED, WELL and BREEAM certifications.

“We’re a business of energy and ideas, and we thrive on bringing people together,” said David Livingstone, Citi’s EMEA CEO.

“Our rejuvenated EMEA headquarters will be designed to maximise collaborative work-spaces, supported by technology, to enable us to work flexibly and with maximum agility.”

Citi purchased the 42-story office tower at 25 Canada Square in 2019. The renovation is expected to be completed in 2025.

The retrofit project is rumoured to be worth £300 million.

 

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Decision to Retrofit

 

The decision to refurbish the building and bring it up to modern efficiency and environmental standards instead of demolishing the existing structure is expected to save the release of an estimated 100,000 tonnes of embodied carbon, the equivalent of running almost 22,000 family cars for a year.

Updating infrastructure and implementing efficiency measures will also minimise electricity consumption and reduce water consumption by 20 per cent.

Yasmin Al Ani Spence, Director at architectural firm WilkinsonEyre, Lead Designer of the project, said: “Citi challenged us to make a 20-year-old tower compatible with its vision for the future of work. Our architectural interventions will hopefully inspire both staff and visitors to Citi.

“Wellbeing has been put at the heart of the project by introducing innovative collaboration spaces, enhanced connection, state-of-the-art amenities, and impactful access to greenery, promoting biophilia. The internal layouts are anchored around a number of vertical villages, which break down the traditional floorplates and encourage inter-connection between levels, creating a stimulating and exciting place to work.”

Picture: a photograph of Citi Tower. Image Credit: WilkinsonEyre

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 31 January 2022

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