City of London

South Colonnade YY London

Material used

Materials used – 1400m2 In Opera YP Stone effect Porcelain Tiles
– 150m2 of external and internal terrazzo, SB138 Ghiaccio solid steps,
– 400m2 entrance hall, lift lobbies and lifts Bespoke Handmade 1m x 1m x 30mm Bespoke Hand Prepared Terrazzo with recycled Thassos marble tile inserts CP884
– Restored back of house staircases to match original spec m2
Client Quadrant and Oaktree Capital
Architect Buckley Gray Yeoman
Main Contractor Skanska
Installers Modular Interiors for all porcelain tiles, Clipfine Ltd carried out the terrazzo restoration, Chiltern Contracts installed the terrazzo lift mock ups and external terrazzo, including solid steps was installed by Willerby Landscapes (external landscape area)

YY London is located in the heart of Canary Wharf, one of the original Canary Wharf buildings, which has undergone a striking transformation by architects –  Buckley Gray Yeoman for Quadrant and Oaktree Capital. This transformation reduced the overall energy demand of the building by 62%, whilst avoiding demolition is estimated to have saved 10,260 tonne CO2e.

YY London features a new high performance façade – with a distinctive Y shaped design that also lends the project its name. In Opera, SB138 Ghiaccio cement terrazzo, was specified for the steps for the entrance to the building, this cement terrazzo has a full EPD certification.

The entrance leads to an impressive, main reception space, with a beautiful, striking floor which is a bespoke, handmade In Opera terrazzo,  CP884. The entrance area has been extended to the south and a new feature staircase connects the ground to the upper ground levels in the triple – height space. A digital screen wall wraps around the reception relaying information or abstract artwork. Large, fluid mirrored panels on the ceiling create a sense of an even larger space and reflects the remarkable terrazzo floor and movement of visitors.

The building is all-electric, with rooftop photovoltaic panels and an air source heat pump that provides heating with waste heat redirected. New CO2-controlled ventilation, energy monitoring and cloud-based analytics enable systems to be optimised in operation to minimise energy consumption and carbon emissions. The completed building is pre-certified BREEAM Outstanding; WELL platinum enabled and has platinum Wired and SMART Score ratings.

YY London is a workplace of tomorrow, sustainable and stunning.

“The role of the office is under review: we need our offices to be extraordinary. YY London will be an exceptional workspace that staff will want to come to work in, with a focus on wellbeing and community, designed to match occupiers’ evolving needs in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are creating something fresh and exciting for everyone living in, working in and visiting Canary Wharf.”
Tristram Gethin, Founding Partner at Quadrant