Case Study

carmelite house - london

TAP were appointed to design the fit out of Hachette UK’s new head-office consisting of 110,000 ft2 net office space. The project included the modifications to an existing CAT A installation to enable HOK London’s vision for Hachette UK.

Existing energy efficient systems were utilised such as EC/DC fan coil units with pressure independent control valves (PICV) and energy management systems such as lighting controls.

Hachette UK’s Brief – Consolidate their seven existing publishing brands within a single building, thereby enjoying the benefits of shared services.

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Project Solutions / Achievements

  • Eight high-end arrival spaces created to reflected each publisher’s brand.
  • Relocated and supplemented low energy EC/DC fan coil unit system to suit the CAT B layout.
  • Improved the existing FCUs energy consumption with a software and hardware upgraded to enable them to operate a variable air volume (VAV) control strategy.
  • Multiple conference and meeting rooms provided with extensive audio visual.
  • Underfloor power system installed throughout, complete with data containment.
  • Existing CAT A lighting scheme modified, supplemented with new, to provide new scheme. 
  • Extensive use of LED light  sources, incorporating presence detection and daylight saving.
  • Reimagined the main entrance area lighting scheme
  • Full print and post room facilities installed, complete with loading bay security office and telephone switchboard facility.
  • Large breakout and collaboration spaces provided with tea making facilities at each floor level.
  • Modification of base build life safety generator to provide a resilient power supply to the Main Equipment Room facility.   
  • New good’s lift installed between ground and lower ground floors with lift pit suspended in basement generator room.
  • Catering facilities at the 6th floor for staff breakout and Client entertainment, and lower ground floor to provide catering to conference and meeting room suite.
  • Fast track introduction of the 2nd floor CAT B fit out, following the Client’s acquisition of an additional publishing group during the project.