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02 October 2018

Planning Approval for new International Quarter London office building

By Arney Fender Katsalidis


We are delighted to announce that The London Legacy Development Corporation Planning Policy Decisions Committee have approved plans for our 350,000 sq ft office building at the £2.4bn International Quarter London in Stratford, east London. The International Quarter London (IQL) is an exciting £2.4 billion joint venture development between Lendlease and LCR, in Stratford, east London.

Designed for Lendlease and LCR, the S4 building will have 22 storeys with ground floor retail and first floor leisure space. The building is the first to be designed with a focus on “third space” – places where people can meet and work outside of traditional formal office boundaries  – drawing in a diverse mix of people and encouraging collaboration and interaction.

The new building also boasts a sizeable roof terrace which, together with the active lobby, podium level, and public realm creates an enticing offer for future tenants and enhances the quarter for IQL’s current occupiers.

Andrew Tobin, Project Director of IQL, Lendlease said: “IQL is creating a new workplace experience for London, starting with the belief that a workplace should not have boundaries. It has been designed for tenants to have a multi-layered experience that extends from their desk to the variety of third space provisions available in the area. The approval of plans for AFK’s new building marks a new chapter for IQL, as we bring this new type of public space to the area.”

David Joy, Chief Executive of LCR, said: “This next phase of development at IQL will deliver a truly unique working environment for businesses in London. Our forward-thinking design will create a setting that helps employees to work with maximum productivity in the environment that suits them best, with unrivalled access to the highest quality leisure and wellbeing facilities that IQL has on its doorstep.”

Earle Arney, CEO at Arney Fender Katsalidis, said: "We are delighted to be working in collaboration with Lendlease and LCR to create the next addition to IQL. Our design for S4 is inspired by Stratford's industrial heyday and associated railway architecture, while also respecting the significant buildings by RSHP that already exist on the campus.  The new building creates a link from the site’s heritage while also setting the scene for future buildings that will join this vibrant new quarter. Our design will be a robust and seemingly weathered addition to Stratford enabling these visual ‘threads’ to connect past and future.

From the design competition stage, we focused on creating an active and permeable ground level to create a ‘sticky place’ encouraging people to dwell and linger. The office lobby challenges the tradition notion of stuffy corporate identity and is complemented by ‘third spaces’ to further enhance the attraction of the building to both office workers and the wider community."