Case Study - Aldwych Quarter, London, UK

Project data

  • Customer
  • Kato Kagaku Co. Ltd
  • Area
  • 300,000 sq ft
  • Procurement route
  • Negotiated
  • Form of contract
  • JCT Design and Build with amends
  • Programme duration
  • 67 weeks
  • Completion date
  • June 2014
  • Project Manager
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Architect
  • JRA
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • M&E Engineer
  • Hilson Moran


The Aldwych Quarter Scheme was one of London’s largest ever refurbishment projects. It involved modernising a grade II listed building from an outdated media office into part of a leading university campus.

A comprehensive upgrade of the internal space was needed to make the building suitable for new occupants. Modernising the building, while preserving the integrity of the historic London landmark, was sensitive work.

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“The successful completion of the Aldwych Quarter scheme is testament to the spirit of collaboration that has existed from the very outset. The innovative way the project team tackled the technical and logistical complexities of delivering a scheme of this scale and historical sensitivity has produced a highly beneficial outcome for early occupation of these keynote buildings.”

Matt Blowers, Managing Director of ISG’s UK Fit Out business

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The project

We fitted new mechanical and electrical services and installed new raised access floors and suspended ceilings. We created new structures including four new reception areas, new cycle facilities and new toilets, all finished to a high specification.

Externally, the office fit out work involved re-roofing all four buildings in the Aldwych Quarter, cleaning all facades, masonry repairs and replacing of a number of windows.

“The location and its surrounding amenities combined with the Category A office specification makes Aldwych Quarter a truly unique proposition in the Midtown area. The mix of good transport links and proximity to the City and West End will be attractive to occupiers and to this end interest from prospective occupiers across all sectors has been high.”

Sarah Shell, Director, Office Agency at JLL


Three of the buildings achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ environmental performance rating for significant sustainability enhancements, including improved insulation and the installation of highly efficient services.

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