Alcatel-Lucent, Greenwich

Alcatel-Lucent is a world-leading manufacturer of undersea telecommunications systems. This project refurbishes and extends its facility on the Greenwich Peninsula district, and improves the production rooms, ‘clean rooms’ and office spaces and adds a new reception and café area.

The investment strengthens Alcatel-Lucent’s position as a global technical lead and assists in attracting and retaining the highest quality staff. Much of the production is carried out in tightly controlled ‘clean room conditions’ by highly-skilled technicians.

Key criteria include improving the first impressions of the facility, creating a café and a meeting space that acts as the building’s new heart and showing off Alcatel-Lucent’s capabilities to visiting customers using the ‘housing’ process as a key demonstration area. It also needed to create new open-plan office spaces linked to the building’s heart  and reduce energy and other in-use costs.

The external appearance of the whole building will be transformed with increased areas of glazing, A timber glulam structure combined with aluminium bris soleil is a particularly exciting figurative element that has been added to the western frontage.