One Braham

London, UK

Located in Aldgate, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, One Braham is a new high specification office building developed as part of WilkinsonEyre’s extensive City of London commercial portfolio.  It is located close to the practice’s previously completed Aldgate Tower.

Aldgate sits at the convergence of a number of major roads and had suffered from poor urban planning decisions, in particular the introduction of a gyratory road system isolating a large land parcel.   As part a wider Aldgate masterplan, WilkinsonEyre successfully argued for the closure of the existing gyratory and reprogramming the former road area as an urban park.  This improved the setting for new development, including Aldgate Tower and now One Braham. The scheme targets the burgeoning technology, media, telecoms market.

Providing over 320,000ft² of office space and approximately 10,000ft² of retail at ground level, the scheme reflects current tenant driven demands for flexibility and space efficiency;  our design adds 15% more area to a previously consented scheme on the same site. We undertook careful analysis of the existing context and emerging schemes in the area, in order to minimise the building’s impacts on the skyline.

The highly efficient floorplates are configured around a single core placed on the southern edge of the building with the vertical circulation exposed. The building rises to a maximum height of 18 office floors in the tallest portion, above a double height ground floor with basements below. The façades to the office accommodation are fully glazed with vertical brise-soleil to the east, south and west façades.  The ground floor is set back to form a colonnade modulating between the new park, the building entrance and adjacent shops. Cycle facilities are provided in the basement.