Mace seizes on ‘growing’ London office market


Mace will take the lead on a £230 million office redevelopment in South London where demand is “growing”. 

Credit: Mace.

The firm has been appointed as main contractor for developer Landsec’s Timber Square scheme in Southwark. 

380,000 sq. ft of office space will be split between two linked buildings under the proposal for the redevelopment of the former printworks site. 

New retail space and public realm are also planned. 

It marks Landsec’s ambition to deliver a one million sq. ft “green office cluster” in Southwark. 

It follows delivery of The Forge, also in Southwark, the UK’s first net-zero commercial building designed in line with the UK Green Building Council’s framework, which was built by Mace and McAlpine 

‘A pioneering net zero office development’ 

Timber Square. Credit: Mace.

Timber Square will use low-carbon building materials to achieve a 50% reduction in Co2 during construction, compared to a typical office build.  

Eighty-five per cent of the existing structure will be retained by adopting Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), including the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) to deliver a sustainable, energy-efficient space.  

Air Source Heat Pumps will be the primary heat source of the development.  

The redevelopment is targeting a BREAAM ‘Excellent’ and Well Core Platinum rating. 

“Combining CLT, retention and recycled materials with modern off-site manufacturing techniques honed through the development of The Forge, Timber Square is the next generation in low carbon construction,” said James Rowbotham, head of workplace development at Landsec.  

Adding: “Timber Square, along with our wider Southwark pipeline will deliver much-needed capacity to a supply constrained market and allow us to respond to the growing demand for space in the borough.” 

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