150 Holborn, the Dar Group London’s new HQ, is a newly designed and constructed office building in central London. Designed by architects, Perkins & Will and built by Dar Group, 150 Holborn replaces a 1980s office block. The 185,000 sq ft mixed-use development has nine floors with retail units on the ground floor, as well as office space plus a neighbouring residential block of 13 apartments.
As a leading independent lift engineer consulting firm, LECS UK was instructed by Perkins & Will to provide RIBA plan of work stages 1 – 4 i.e. preparation & brief, concept design, spatial coordination through to the completion of technical design. Lee Dean, one of LECS UK’s specialist lift engineering consultants undertook these works working closely with the project architects.
Lee Dean, director at LECS UK, said: “There are several lifts at 150 Holborn. These range from firefighting, passenger, goods to a bicycle lift. The scenic, quadruplex passenger lifts, located in the atrium, run the full height of the building and operate using a hall call system. The lifts are 26-person, through car running at 1.6m/s and provide excellent traffic handling to the building. Visually, they look fantastic!
“It is great to be involved from the creative stage as this allows us to design with purpose as well as aesthetics. It allows us to design out any potential issues and create the most appropriate, safe and energy efficient lift solution for the exact requirements for the building it will serve. From concept through to design, I really enjoyed working on this project and seeing it come to fruition.”
The lifts are now in full operation and servicing the 1000+ staff plus public use of the building.
150 Holborn is on track to earn BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum certifications, and is one of only a handful of new projects in London to meet these rigorous sustainability standards.