50 Broadway

Originally constructed in the 1920’s, 50 Broadway is located close to the southern edge of St James’s Park. The 11 storey office building was originally constructed as the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Services (SIS) in the guise of the “Minimax Fire Extinguisher Company” which also neighboured the Government Code and Cypher School. This retrofit project has undergone a complete refurbishment and partial redevelopment to provide high quality Grade A office space.

As you approach the building the façade has been cleaned and restored to its former glory with a new welcoming entrance. The design celebrates the sites unique history through motifs of Morse Code which reads 50 Broadway. Walking into the reception you can see the code brought into the metal work and along the graphic designed signage which can also be spotted throughout the building. The reception area has been modernised and revised for a more practical layout whilst complimenting the existing building.

High quality stone, metal and sanitary finishes have been used throughout the new elements of the building including the basement cycle store fit for 86 bikes and lockers, shower facilities and washrooms. All the glazing throughout the building has been upgraded to improve the buildings thermal performance; they have also been designed to match the existing detailing in the ground floor glazing.

The project team worked closely together to ensure the project was completed on time and ended with a building which displays quality, elegance and details the site’s historic past.

Project Address: 50 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BL
Borough: Westminster
Client: Broadway Jersey Trustee
Size: 92,000 sqft
Status: Complete
Photography: Tim Crocker

The building’s fire, mechanical and electrical performance was upgraded with the refurbishment in line with modern building regulations

Following modern occupation densities, the office floor upgrades increased the occupation density to 1:8m2, this better use of space means approximately 150 more staff can work in the building.

The retrofit includes the provision of additional internal and external plant associated with this use in order to bring the building up to modern occupier requirements. A new louvre screen is was incorporated on the ninth floor roof to replace the existing plant screen, this upgrade will create a more discreet and pleasant on the eye plant area.