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The Ribbon

A world class office head quarters building of 80,000sqft (7500sqm) on London’s famous Oxford Street.
Elevation of The Ribbon from across Oxford Street


London, United Kingdom


Prudential Portfolio Managers Ltd



The Ribbon is a nine storey commercial led mixed use building including retail, restaurant and leisure facilities. The building uses passive design and on-site renewables to ensure low energy use and has a focus on flexibility to provide future proofing.

Early on in the project Cundall proposed an alternative energy strategy, the cornerstones of which included avoiding high risk boreholes, no combustion on-site (air quality neutral), compatibility with future connection to district heating, PV area reduced from 172m² to 44m², further reduction of CO2 emissions from 21% to 28% and carbon offset payment.

Alan Fogarty, Partner commented "This project has presented some challenges throughout the design stages, such as the inclusion of a 500m² nightclub, a tenant generator and two UK Power Network substations within the basement. The Stage 2 design had most of the plant within the basement, which then had to be re-configured to accommodate a nightclub. The solution was to introduce on-floor air units to each office tenant demise, retain the existing substation within the pavement vaults and to position a single life-safety/tenant generator above the loading bay".

Alan Fogarty in London office reception in a suit witch wooden terrace panelling for plants in background

Alan Fogarty

Partner, Sustainability

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The Ribbon is a leading example of high quality office, retail and leisure space in London's west end. It was a great project to work on and it is always fantastic working with Orms.