New Bracken House


  • Sector: commercial
  • Status: Completed
  • Control Protocol: DALI
  • A/C Network: T-Bus
  • Special Features: ATS, BMS
  • No. of Floors: 8
  • SQ M: 25,083
  • SQ FT: 270,000
  • Developer: Obayashi Corporation
  • Main Contractor: McLaren
  • Tenants: Financial Times
  • M&E Engineers: Arup
  • Electrical Contractor: Skanska
  • Architect: John Robertson
  • Accreditations: BREEAM
  • Score: Very good


  • The New Bracken House project features DALI throughout, DALI emergency monitoring, BMS interfacing and integrated local controls
  • SPV.57-DaR Compact DALI Control Modules were selected due to low ceiling voids
  • The project was a job of two halves due to the shell and core fit-out work beginning as a CAT A and progressing straight to CAT B. Works featured catering facilities, open-plan offices for over 1,500 desks, audio and video studio suites with live broadcast capability and a TV studio
  • The switch plates combine to control the heating and ventilation as well as the lighting control


  • Complete in January 2019, New Bracken House is a redevelopment of the Grade II* listed Bracken House in EC4 and the iconic headquarters of The Financial Times, who relocated to Southwark in the late 1980s
  • Established on a cleared bomb site, it was the first post-war building in England to officially be listed
  • The revitalised property provides 270,000 sq ft of Grade-A office space
  • Originally completed in 1959 by Sir Albert Richardson, Bracken House is named after Bernard Bracken, former chairman of the FT
  • The redevelopment retained the entire facade including: a dial in gilt metal and enamel created by Philip Bentham which consists of a sunburst emblem as well as an astronomical zodiac month/year clock displaying a face of Winston Churchill – a personal friend of Bernard Bracken
  • The building was dressed in pink sandstone from Staffordshire as a nod to the characteristic pink hue of the newspaper on which the publication is printed
  • Internal courtyards have been forged between the historic wings and the modern floor plates, along with a roof terrace, which houses a running track

Thank you Simmtronic, for your professional, fast and reactive support with the delivery of these projects.

Adam Scadding

EDDS Limited

Simmtronic have delivered a large number of technically challenging projects for DBS and consistently continued to provide outstanding service. Their support, guidance and help throughout the process has been exceptional, working closely with our design teams to ensure the right solution for the project and a sound understanding of the brief, with our delivery teams to ensure the installation and commissioning are trouble free and then providing fantastic after care to the customer. They have added true engineered value into the projects they have been involved in for Derry Building Services.

Geoff Caborn

Derry Building Services

Simmtronic have been a valued member of the DBS supply chain for over 10 years. Their pro-active and collaborative approach to lighting controls from the design stage, through to commissioning is highly valued by both our Design and Delivery Engineers.

Matt Hallam

Derry Building Services

Over the years I have really appreciated the Simmtronic ability to provide responsive support and listening to projects and clients needs. More recently the Simmtronic team has shown the capability to embrace the connectivity requirements of the Internet of Things by quickly adding MQTT to their range of integration protocols. This will greatly facilitate telemetry applications in buildings and the development of interconnected solutions that will make buildings more usable and easier to operate.

Francesco Anselmo


Landsec have consistently used Simmtronic Lighting Control Systems across our new London developments for over 15 years. Simmtronic understand our requirements and get involved at the very early stages of schemes, assisting consultants in achieving the optimum design solution, often taking the lead.  They always overcome the programme challenges they are faced with on site, delivering a quality, fully tested and operational solution, on time and to budget. Simmtronic undertake the maintenance and servicing across much of our London portfolio, they have a customer focused and flexible approach that suits the needs of our business and as well as our customers.

Mark Ponzini


Simmtronic as an organisation has been, for the last 18 years, by far the best performing and most reliable lighting control system I use. From design through to commissioning and soft landings with the landlord teams Simmtronic always deliver on my projects. Simmtronic technology evolution is not just pushed through like others, but rather properly tested internally first, giving us as client teams the assurance that what Simmtronic say they can offer is 100% delivered, an absolute must with fast track major projects.

Alan Williamson


Simmtronic has constantly been available at an early stage to engage both with the designers and the Contracting team to assist with design solutions and to test options. This ultimately assists us in de-risking the project during the commissioning phase which usually defines when the project is completed. Simmtronic is seen as ‘industry standard’ and it is always encouraging to see them involved.

Jo Benson

Derwent London