We are delighted to have secured and commenced our first contract with PPD Ltd to carry out the full 18000 sqft refurbishment of the 2nd floor of ‘The Ark’ in London.
PPD are a leading global contract research organization providing comprehensive, integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services and this location will be utilised as core base for their UK operation supplementing their Cambridgeshire head office.
Located in Hammersmith, ‘The Ark’ is one of London’s most striking landmarks. The tiered, oval structure bellies out like a ship, and contains 162,000 sqft of open-plan office space around a central atrium. Constructed between 1989 and 1992, the building’s unique architecture was designed by architect Ralph Erskine, for Swedish developers Ake Larson and Pronator.
Engineering bricks were used for the first time to obtain a distinctive finish, this was done by splitting the bricks in two and using the internal faces to achieve a unique external effect.
The silhouette of the Ark featured in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code film and more recently the Atrium was used in an episodes of the BBC’s spy drama Spooks, Prime Suspect and Silent Witness.