The small district of Victoria, originally a slum indirectly named after Queen Victoria, is situated in the heart of London’s Westminster. Victoria has long been seen as a poor relation of neighbouring district Belgravia. While still lagging behind its more desirable cousin, the area has undergone a £2bn makeover and is now considered up and coming, with a property price rise of 57.09% in the last year(2015-2016).
Cardinal Place is an award winning building designed by EPR Architects and built by Sir Robert McAlpine in 2006. Close to Victoria Station, within walking distance of Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, this eye catching building project is yet further evidence of regeneration in the area.
“Studies have shown that giving workers in open plan offices local control of lighting can increase job satisfaction (and decrease the experience of stress).”
-Health & Safety Executive-
Split into separate buildings, 80-100 Victoria Street, consists of 38,700 sq. m net of offices, and 16 Palace Street, contains 10,400 sq. m net of office space. These office spaces are linked at ground level by a 2,500 sq. m retail store with a roof garden available for public use. The development boasts 8,400 sq. m of retail and restaurant accommodation.
Housed under a curvaceous, modern glass structure, is an Aladdin’s cave of popular retail shops and eateries. The £200m development was built directly over the District & Circle line Underground tunnels which actually pass through the basement. However, the public’s shopping experience is not affected as the buildings rest on rubber shock absorbers to prevent vibrations from the passing trains.
AWARD WINNING PROJECT SOLUTIONS
In order to achieve an attractive, professional, but comfortable and welcoming, energy efficient, office space, SAS International and Luxonic were engaged to provide a solution. Luxonic's Skylux luminaires were installed into the SAS 330 ceiling system.
The Skylux SAS 330 is not an off the shelf product which has been manufactured to meet a customer’s expectations. This sleek luminaire is designed to exceed them. Made to measure for the ceiling tiles chosen by the customer, this luminaire is manufactured to British standards with processes embracing sustainability.
"Implementing good quality, smart lighting controls and energy efficient lighting could reduce consumption by enough to remove the need to build two new power stations in the future.”
-The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP Minister of State for Business and Energy-