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Aldwych Quarter

We substantially refurbished the iconic former home of the BBC World Service for Japanese owners Kato Kagaku. One of the largest commercial office refurbishment schemes to be awarded in 2013, the completed project - which was formerly known as Bush House and encompassed four buildings around a central courtyard and undercroft - was renamed Aldwych Quarter.
  • Customer
    Kato Kagaku Co. Ltd
  • Procurement Route
  • Completion Date
    June 2014
  • Quantity Surveyor
    Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Form Of Contract
    JCT Design and Build with amends
  • Project Manager
    Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Area
    300,000 sq ft
  • Program Duration
    67 weeks
  • Architect
  • ME Engineer
    Hilson Moran
Aldwych quarter


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 It involved modernising a grade II listed building from an outdated media office into part of a leading university campus.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.

“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.”

<p>Matt Blowers, Managing Director of ISG’s UK Fit Out business<br></p><p></p>

Aldwych quarter

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.