London office block gets rooftop running track on 16th floor

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It’s the latest step in the evolution of the London office building — a rooftop running track.

The 150-metre circuit on the White Collar Factory, next to Old Street’s “Silicon Roundabout”, will allow fitness-obsessed employees to clock up the mileage in their trainers without leaving their workplace.

The two-lane, cushioned “rubber crumb” track has been laid around the 16th floor of the block, designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. 

The track is marked out with a start and lanes. Runners will have to follow the arrows anti-clockwise to avoid collisions. Google also plans to have a 200-metre “running trail” on the roofs of its planned King’s Cross HQ but this has only just received approval.

The running track in Old Street

Benjamin Lesser, development manager of the building’s developer Derwent London, said: “As far as we’re aware this is the first in central London. The cladding on the outside of the building is extended up and that provides a screen so runners are protected from winds and the edge. But it also has windows so you get incredible views in all directions. There are also showers and toilets on that floor and there is a cafe and terrace for the occupiers of the building.”

Runners will have to complete six and two-thirds laps to notch up a kilometre and more than 10 for a mile.  Running 10,000 metres will mean lapping more than 66 times. A full marathon distance requires 281 laps. There is as yet no “all-comers’ record” for a circuit but an Olympic-standard sprinter should be able to get round in little more than 15 seconds.

The facility will initially be open to all occupiers of the building at any time but if proves too popular workers may have to book a slot.


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