BAM reaches a major milestone at The Rowe
Hemel Hempstead, 26 April 2022 - BAM has topped out at the Rowe in Whitechapel. Originally named Central House, the scheme for client Frasers Property, has been challenging and complex. At the outset, the project team had to radically redesign the building to mitigate structural risks, resulting in a design that was more ambitious than previously envisaged.
Plans to reuse and reconfigure the existing six storey structure were replaced, with a new scheme that saw us demolish the existing building, while retaining the 1960’s façade. BAM is now working on the new 12 storey building, which sits behind the façade and comprises five concrete floors on the bottom and seven floors above that utilise a lighter steel framework.
Rob Biddle, Construction Manager, BAM, said: ‘This has been a challenging project. But it’s been great to be able to share our progress with the client, and everyone who’s working on this ambitious build. We are really pleased to get such positive feedback on our work to date.’
With a floor area of 22,579 m2, the ambitious sustainable commercial scheme is targeting Well Gold in addition to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The Rowe will run on 100 percent renewable electricity, providing a 45 percent carbon emission reduction compared to a standard office building.
At the ceremony Frasers Property Group’s CEO Illaria Del Beato, and Development Director Guy Morgan were presented with two ceramic plaques to mark the occasion. The plaques are made of the same materials as the soffit panels on the lower 6 transition floor, which will form part of a stunning art installation by artist Yinika Ilori who studied on the site, when it was home to London Metropolitan University