One Knightsbridge Green

Hurley Robertson & Associates, London, 2002


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The new retail face of the podium and the cleaned offices 

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  • The new retail face of the podium and the cleaned offices    
  • View onto the roof terrace used by tenant J Walter Thompson    
  • Newly glazed entrance with lifts and new lobby beyond.  Lift lobby on upper floor    
  • Sculpture    
  • There is an informal meeting area on the first floor, with a ‘doughnut’ reception desk and knowledge centre beyond    
  • Typical open plan office area down the spine of a floor. The low ceilings and centre-line columns do not dominate    
  • The ground floor level of the new entrance lobby, looking towards the entrance on the left.  The escalators lead to lifts on the first floor    
  • New retail facade    
  • One of the centre-line row of columns, with services squeezed into the ceiling zone    
  • Access to lifts in first floor of the lobby,  with blue-clad repositioned columns    
  • The second floor bar/cafe area, for use by all JWT staff in the building, which looks out onto a roof terrace through windows on the left    
  • Flexible space on the first floor, for making pitches to clients    
  • Site plan    
  • First floor detailed plan    
  • Second floor detailed plan    
  • Third floor detailed plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Section through typical floor    
  • Louvre detail    
  • Facade detail    

Refurbishment of a 1950s building containing a combination of high street shops and offices

The existing buildings retain their original, low-profile 1950s fenestration, the brickwork and reconstructed stone were simply cleaned. However, for the podium fronting onto Brompton Road, former single-storey retail units with an office floor above have been remodelled into two-storey retail units, incorporating mezzanine floors.

The faceted glazing of each shopfront unit is framed in terracotta rainscreen tiles, linking the frontages beneath the railings and yew hedge of the roof terrace.

The five office floors belong to J Walter Thompson, with the internal fit out done by architect DEGW. There is a new open helical stair leading up to the second floor, where there are work areas and meeting spaces, as well as a communal cafe and access to the roof terrace seating.


  • Begun: Mar 2000
  • Completed: Sep 2002
  • Floor area: 25,251m2
  • Sectors: Retail, Office
  • Total cost: £31M
  • Tender date: Feb 2000
  • Procurement: JCT 98 Private with Quantities with Sectional Completion and Contractor Designed Portion Supplements. Procurement by two- stage lump sum
  • Address: One Knightsbridge Green, London, SW1X 7QA, United Kingdom

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