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Aldwych Quarter

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Sustainable refurbishment makes Bush House fit for the future  



Aldwych Quarter is open for business

Famous as the previous home of the BBC World Service and an inspiration for George Orwell, Bush House has been a landmark building on London’s Aldwych since 1924.

When the BBC’s lease ended in 2012, owner Kato Kagaku turned to JLL for advice on how to get the most from their investment in the future. But while this Grade II* listed building presented superb potential, much of the interior and services were obsolete, with poor energy performance.

What a challenge...but with that comes opportunity

To clearly define the opportunity for Bush House, we undertook a study that looked at the site in the context of the market and modern regulations. In addition to the client’s budget considerations, our proposal also had to fit the strict constraints of the building’s listed status, and meet modern sustainability demands.

One of the finest examples of JLL delivering a truly integrated solution

The Project Management team coordinated input from several other specialist JLL teams making this one of the finest examples of JLL delivering a truly integrated solution.

The scheme, rebranded as Aldwych Quarter, a set of four distinct and modern office spaces designed to meet BCO standards, was completed in 2014 with the keys being returned to the client just 20 months from the BBC vacating the building.

Creating a flexible office campus fit for the future

The best elements of the past were preserved and integrated seamlessly with the finest modern finishes and services, ready for a fast changing world

Some of the key components of this comprehensive refurbishment included; improving the building receptions and entrances to define each building; allowing for tenant flexibility with floor subdivision; providing storage for cyclists with showers and changing facilities; completing full external repairs and renewal (new roofs, stone cleaning and repair, structural repairs).

  • At its peak over 900 operatives worked onsite under 53 sub-contractors.
  • Over 200,000 tonnes of scaffolding was used to restore stonework
  • 1200 windows were repaired or replaced

Achieving top sustainability ratings in a listed building

The site’s environmental performance is now transformed, too. Using a six-point sustainability strategy we linked design, procurement, construction and operation to create a building that has excellent EPC and BREEAM ratings.

Taking a building forward from potential obsolescence to long-term resilience

From life as a single-tenant campus, each of the component buildings have been carefully restored and imbued with an individual identity to offer a complete range of flexible accommodation, reinvigorating the Aldwych Quarter into its second century.

Aldwych Quarter is now ready to continue its legacy with a new generation of businesses.