Willmott Dixon will refit 1980s built office block in Shoreditch

Summit House

Willmott Dixon has won a £20m contract to refurbish and sustainably refit an office block in Shoreditch, London.

The contractor will completely refit the 1980s built Summit House in North London for client Low Carbon Workplace, a consortium including Stanhope, Threadneedle and the Carbon Trust, to make the 9,500 sqm office space meet category A energy efficiency standards.

Key alterations to the office include removing an existing storey and replacing it with two new storeys to make it six levels, and creating a new copper glass façade.

The refit is due to be finished in August 2016, and is expected to attract a host of tech companies given its proximity Old Street’s Silicon Roundabout, home to several high-profile start-ups developing new technology.

Chris Tredget, managing director for Willmott Dixon in North London, said: “This is a defining moment that points to a steady rise in property owners investing to create low carbon office environments in London, driven by tenant demand and the upside in value.

“Building them requires experience of the unique conditions of working on tight sites to deliver major structural alterations; we have just such a team with the know-how to deliver to these exacting conditions.”