West London’s super-green office scheme launches to market

Resolution Property has appointed leasing agents Allsop and Hanover Green to launch its new office spaces at The Dock, which forms part of its award-winning west London scheme, The Gramophone Works. Prospective occupiers now have the chance to take space in Europe’s largest cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam workplace.

The former home of Saga Records, Resolution Property acquired the 90,000 sq ft building in 2015 and undertook a large-scale transformation of the original 1930s, two-storey property, which had previously been underutilised. The building has been extended outwards and upwards which has helped improve its efficiency and unlock its full potential. Resolution Property preserved the rich industrial heritage of the property whilst bringing the existing fabric up to date with modern requirements. Acknowledging the sustainable technologies used in its creation, Gramophone Works was awarded NLA’s Environmental Prize in 2021 as it sets an example for the use of new sustainable materials in construction.

With views on Grand Union Canal, The Dock offers 64,132 sq ft of high-quality office spaces over six floors, with a variety of floorplates on offer, ranging from circa 7,100 to 14,100 sq ft, and 2,400sq ft of reception and event space, as well as a café. In addition, the building is equipped with three terraces offering waterside views, providing circa 6,000 sq ft of outdoor amenity to users.

One of Europe’s most sustainable office buildings, The Dock at The Gramophone Works boasts inventive architecture and interiors by London-based studio RHE, with expressed timber construction and exposed concrete columns. Aiming for an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating, the scheme’s embodied carbon footprint was significantly reduced by using off-site and sustainably sourced structural timber and by reusing the existing structure to reduce waste and construction traffic. Additionally, the building features a cycle park, designed to accommodate up to 90 bicycles, with changing and maintenance facilities encouraging the use of sustainable modes of transportation.

The Dock is fitted with low-energy LED lighting with sensors to help optimise energy use and has a built-in VRV heating and cooling system, allowing occupiers to control several air conditioning zones at a time. Further bolstering its environmental credentials are photovoltaic power generation, solar shading and a green roof. Thanks to the high ceilings (3.5m throughout second to fifth floors), tenants will benefit from abundant natural light and stunning waterfront views all year round.

Having always been a highly desirable place to live, west London has emerged as a sought-after destination for businesses as they seek to secure best-in-class office spaces following the pandemic, and is home to the likes of the BBC, Net a Porter, L’Oréal, and Warner Music Group. With an unrivalled lifestyle offering, great transport links and proximity to central London, The Dock provides companies with a rare opportunity to secure office space in a striking building designed with sustainability at its core.

Richard Townsend, Partner at Allsop, said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing The Dock to market. As the race for quality office space continues, many businesses are looking beyond the traditional hubs, and west London has seen particularly high levels of demand thanks to its connectivity and lifestyle offering. Companies pay more attention to sustainable features when it comes to choosing their ‘new home’, influenced by their employees, clients and investors. Resolution Property, therefore, has done an incredible job in creating one of Europe’s greenest office buildings that employees will take pride in and look forward to working in.”

Sophie Comber, Asset Manager at Resolution Property adds: “The Gramophone Works is an ode to the vibrancy and creative spirit of the area, with its proximity to trendy amenities such as White City House, Ottolenghi and Electric Cinema. The building adds to our portfolio of design-led, cutting-edge workspaces for creative companies, and it represents a new era of combining sustainability, placemaking and aesthetics in the working environment.”