Regeneration of Grade II Listed Modern Movement HQ office building originally designed by Skidmore Owens and Merrill in the late 1970’s and now transformed for residential use.

In 2005 Ferguson Mann Architects began work on the conversion of Grade II Listed former UK headquarters of Imperial Tobacco into ‘Lakeshore’, a building which would create 270 apartments out of the former industrial and commercial building.

Lakeshore phase 1 adopted innovative design solutions to make the building as energy-efficient and sustainable as possible. The creation of a central atrium within the heart of the original building enabled passive design measures to be used, focussing around the new atrium which not only allowed daylight deep into the building but also created the opportunity for enhanced natural ventilation of apartments through the use of the stack effect created by the new central space.

“My home is ace as it’s got large, open plan design which is the key feature that appealed to me most. I remember the first time I entered the property, the sun was streaming through the window and when I saw the view of the lake and trees I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.”
– Duncan Lidell, Lakeshore resident

Its success as an eco-friendly and sustainable project was recognised when it achieved an EcoHomes ‘Excellent’ rating through the additional features of the high external wall insulation levels, ground source heat pumps and biomass heating technology.

Lakeshore houses its own on-site renewable energy production via 88 100m-deep boreholes which provide ground-source heating and cooling. The ground-source heat systems work with a biomass boiler to deliver under-floor heating throughout the development and uses a community heating main which employs heat meters and heat pumps within each apartment.

In addition to the main Lakeshore building which spans the lake, further apartments have been created within the adjacent east wing of the podium creating superb dwellings with southerly aspects directly overlooking the lake and large swaths of the 10-acre landscape which was fully restored as part of the regeneration works. Lakeshore phase 1 opened to the public in 2013.