As the main site of the Festival of Britain, South Bank’s rich heritage included the promotion of industry, culture, science and urban design in post-war London. Almost seven decades later it is a hive of activity, featuring world-class arts venues, globally recognised landmarks, and attractions ranging from ferry tours of the River Thames, to boutique shops and fine dining.
To cater for the growing interest in the location, a £1.5 billion mixed-use site has been developed. Southbank Place comprises seven new buildings, including luxury apartments, retail units, restaurants and commercial spaces, all clustered around the iconic Shell Tower. Two Southbank Place provides 15 floors of premium office space and a winter garden. Its striking steel and glass high rise structure hosts the world’s biggest coworking space, with spectacular views of the London Eye and city skyline.
The build programme had to work around design challenges such as a tube line running beneath the building’s footprint and the creation of a new tube ticket hall. So, with a tight deadline to meet, the specified products and materials needed to be quick and straightforward to install. The construction team also made use of available BIM objects to aid project planning and clash detection.
A successful environment for coworking needs to be as flexible as possible. To help futureproof Two Southbank Place, 26,000 m2 of Kingspan RMG 600 Simploc raised access flooring was installed.
The screw down system has been tested in accordance with PSA MOB PF2 PS/SPU Specification to Medium Grade. With its proven structural performance, it is ideal for office environments. In addition, the flooring provides easy access to the service void, and can be simply lifted to aid reconfiguration or replacement during routine maintenance.
The RMG flooring panel is constructed around a high-performance chipboard core which carries Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®-C019806) Chain of Custody certification. Kingspan Access Floors is also certified to ISO14001:2004 for effective environmental management. These accreditations contributed towards Southbank Place achieving both a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’, and applicant status for FSC Project Certification, which requires that all timber used within the project is sourced from verified FSC-certified companies.