Austin Friars House
49,585 sq ft

Austin Friars House

Austin Friars House has been designed and constructed to a very high standard. Austin Friars House is discreetly positioned off Old Broad Street, between Liverpool Street and Bank Stations, North of the River Thames in the EC2N district of London. The property location is close to rail, underground and riverboat services. The property is of new construction which completed in the summer of 2012. The property has been designed exclusively for office use and provides approximately 49,585 sq ft (4,606m2) of Grade A office accommodation across 7 no. storeys.

Maris Expertise

Maris completed an office relocation & fit-out for existing Client Bravura Solutions at Austin Friars House. The office design project involved the creation of a high-end front of house area – reception, meeting space and flexible meeting rooms with folding walls.

Piled foundations

Frame on a 9m x 9m grid, concrete floor slabs on metal decking

Floor Loading (assumed)
Offices 3.5KN/m2 (+1KN for partitioning)
Basement and plant enclosures 7.5KN/m2

Retained stone façade to the Austin Friars’ front elevations, incorporating existing double glazed metal framed windows. Façade has been repaired and cleaned. Retained facing brickwork to lightwell elevations, incorporating existing double glazed metal framed windows. Elevations have been repaired

Newly installed liquid applied waterproofing membrane. Inverted roof construction with new thermal insulation, concrete paving slab walkways (installed on a pedestal system) and washed pebble ballast

Dimensions Planning module 1.5m
Column grid 9-10m centres
Raised floor zone 95mm
Slab to slab height 3,400mm

Noise Rating
Offices (open plan) NR40
Cellular NR38

Entrance Hall
Re-styled double height entrance hall

Refuse and recycling bay with access to Austin Friars

WC / Bathroom Facilities
Male – 2 no. urinals, 2 no. WCs, 3 no. wash-hand basins
Female – 3 no. WCs, 3 no. wash-hand basins
Disabled WC – 1 no. WC, 1 no. wash-hand basin

Unisex showers at basement floor level including lockers and changing facilities

Cleaner’s Facilities
Within Landlord’s common area at 6th floor level

Cycle Provisions
At basement floor level

Raised Floors
600mm x 600mm, wrapped galvanised steel on adjustable pedestals

Fully demountable metal-pan 600mm x 600mm suspended ceiling

Dry-lined with a painted finish

Doors, Frames & Skirting
Skirting –100mm painted MDF
Doors – Solid core veneer with painted frames
Riser doors – painted doors with painted frames

Building Services
Mechanical Services Design Criteria External Design Temperature
Winter: – 4°C saturated
Summer: 30°C db / 20°C wet bulb

Internal Design Temperature
Winter: 20°C + 2°C
Summer: 22°C + 2°C

Air-Conditioning Load Allowance
Lighting 12 w/m2
Power 25 w/m2
Occupants 25 w/m2

Mechanical Services
3 pipe VRF system

10 litres per second per person (1 no. person per 10m2)

Electrical Design Criteria
Standard power allowance for future tenant underfloor power 25w/m2

A 500 KVA 3-phase diesel driven Landlord’s generator set is located in the basement. The generator provides 2 no. supplies, 1 no. to each of switch panels 1 and 3. The day tank has enough fuel capacity for approximately 8 hours operation at full load. Check paperwork to see whether black building tests are still to be produced by the Landlord

Fire Alarm System
A new analogue addressable fire alarm system has been installed throughout the building in accordance with BS 5839 category L2. Interface units are provided to each tenanted area

Sprinkler System

No cabling present

2 no. new 800kg / 10 person passenger lifts, with a speed of 1.6 m/s have been installed. Maximum waiting time is no more than 30 seconds at 80% occupancy. A new glass / stainless steel disabled access platform lift has been installed within the reception

A new access card control system has been installed to the main reception entrance door, to each lift and the entrance doors to each office space to allow controlled access to tenanted areas. A new video intercom system has been installed, linked to the main reception door, with handsets provided to each tenanted space

Design Criteria
Design Criteria General occupancy – 1 person per 10m2
Lifts – 1 person per 10m2
WC / bathrooms – 1 person per 10m2
Internal air conditioning – 1 person per 10m2
Means of escape – 1 person per 10m2
Ventilation Limiting Factor 78 persons
WC / Bathroom Limiting Factor 95 persons
Emergency Escape Door / Staircase Widths 110 persons

BREEAM Rating None


49,585 sq ft
Columbus Capital Management LLP
Letting Agents
Gryphon Property