Cundall have providing building services engineering, lighting design, acoustic and security consultancy for the refurbishment and extension of the formal royal mint set of buildings, known as Royal Mint Court.
The development consists of the re-modelling and refurbishment of the historic 5.2-acre Royal Mint Court site into a campus of five buildings, providing 600,000-sq. ft. of modern, flexible office accommodation with significant public realm and retail facilities. Royal Mint Court is located on the edge of the City, overlooking the River Thames and The Tower of London World Heritage Site, close to Whitechapel and the City.
The site stretched over five acres and has four self-contained office buildings, including the Johnston Smirk House, with approximately 470,000ft² of commercial space. The site also has an adjacent residential block.
Building services engineering
Due to the proximity of the Tower of London, we were required to limit the height of the new development. This presented a number of engineering challenges, including limiting the ceiling void depths to allow maximum floor-to-ceiling heights.
To accommodate this, and in collaboration with the architect, we developed a co-ordinated servicing strategy to ensure the complex M&E services could be routed through the building. This maximised both the lettable area and floor-to-ceiling heights.
The central plant for the development was located within an existing basement of the 1980s buildings. The constraints of maintaining access to the historic ruins of the Cistercian abbey and providing lettable car parking spaces again presented significant challenges. During RIBA Stage 3, we prepared a detailed 3D model of the basement plant area to make sure all plant could be accommodated with the necessary access for installation and future maintenance.
We developed the Security requirements ascertaining the threats, risks and vulnerabilities associated with the building, providing design information to scope the following solutions through RIBA stages 2 and 3;
• Security Needs Assessment (SNA) to comply with the requirements of the BREEAM HE06 Site Safety and Security Credit
• Security strategy including advice to achieve Secured by Design Accreditation
• Physical Security solutions – Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) strategy, blast resistant glazing and Security rated glazing and doors recommendations
• Electronic Security solutions – video surveillance, access control, intruder alarm, intercom and integrated Security management systems
• Security facilities – fire command / security control room and mail scanning facility