Gardiner & Theobald
Gardiner & Theobald
- Engineering services design
- WINNER 'Innovation' BCO London Regional Awards 2023
TB+A has been working with Convene since 2018 to support their business expansion into the UK and Europe.
Our role on this project was to support Convene to find a suitable location to start their UK business, with one of London’s most popular commercial addresses, 22 Bishopsgate, being one of the candidate buildings.
Convene took two floors of the building to provide a high-end meeting, events and conferencing facility to provide a destination for both internal tenants of 22BG and external visitors.
Due to the kitchen, conferencing and meeting room MEP requirements, a lot of planning was required with the landlord to ensure correct levels for fresh air and cooling were achieved as well as agreeing the kitchen ventilation strategy. Planning was required to provide new louvers for the ventilation plant for the forum and the kitchen. This required close liaison with the City of London and the environmental health agency as the original building planning permission didn’t allow for kitchen extracts below level 7.
Convene spans over 50,000sq.ft. across levels 3 and 4, consisting of state-of-the-art event spaces. These include meeting and conference rooms, elevated commons and a large auditorium-style space. The inherent design is to provide a flexible space that can be modified to accommodate the needs of Convenes numerous clients.
The project was designed in REVIT using BIM 360 with the client team in America hosting and managing the model. One significant challenge for our team was the generation of the base model as the base build delivery to Cat A was still being constructed. As such we had to develop the “as installed” model based on information we could gather from the supply chain and base build designers.
Convene’s approach is very design focused, a lot of attention and focus was placed on the design phase to minimise future design changes. As such there was a lot of time spent on the coordination of the high-level services, specifically in the large exposed services areas in the elevated commons and bar areas.
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