Commercial Project

Size: 6,900m2
client: General Pharmaceutical Council
value: £4.5 Million

Following the Covid Pandemic GPhC commissioned a renewal programme to implement new ways of working in line with their Vision 2030 goal of operating as a professional and lean organisation. A key element of this was to assess the usage of the existing estate and establish an appropriate accommodation strategy and possible relocation to premises fit for the future. This strategy was accelerated by the GPhC existing landlords requiring possession of the existing accommodation.

A preferred property was been identified at 1 Cabot Square, a 21-storey building situated in the heart of Canary Wharf and featuring large, open floor plates. The suitability of this site was tested by Avison Young against the renewal programme requirements. In early August 2022, Bond Bryan was appointed to develop these requirements further and rapidly develop a design proposal through the stages that satisfied the GPhC requirements.

GPhC currently has 194 office-based employees and 142 home-based employees (236 total). GPhC offers various sizes of meeting suites, hearing suites, hot desking, collaboration spaces, reception, a multi-faith room, a well-being room, and focus pods. GPhC employees will have access to both spaces, as the Hearing Suite meeting spaces are intended to be used for internal meetings when unoccupied. For the 6-year growth of the business, 263 employees will be office-based, with 50 fieldbased (313 total).

The biggest challenge was the time frame of the project and trying to keep the design quality as good as expected while doing VE exercises. The design team completed the project in 11 months, from stage 1 until handover. During the design progress, the design team also had to take into consideration the tenant handbook principles, design coordination, building control requirements, and client EIRs while also producing drawing packages.

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