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Africa House

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff served as project manager for the reconstruction of the Africa House in Holborn, Central London. This 120,000-square-foot (11,150-square-meter) building is a 1920’s Grade II listed landmark office building.

The reconstruction of this landmark building into a modern office building was a complex challenge. The project included restructuring the central core to create a full-height atrium and adding a new two-storey high roof extension and sloped glass facade in the rear of the building.  The scheme has provided 118,000 square feet (10,960 square meters) of additional space for high quality offices. Offices were reconstructed over 10 floors, incorporating raised floors, suspended ceilings, and air conditioning. Each floor offers maximum flexibility, allowing the space to be divided and occupied in various ways. Adding to the challenge, two retail tenants remained in occupancy throughout.


The property achieved an “Excellent” BREEAM rating. Sustainability and low-energy initiatives were at the heart of Africa House’s modernisation. New features include a biomass boiler, rainwater harvesting, green roofs, and bio diverse planting. Forty-three bicycle rack spaces were provided together with lockers, changing room, and ten showers.

Completed in 2013, Africa House also incorporates a 115-foot-high (35-meters) piece of specially commissioned artwork by Jan Hendrix.