Revolutionary Cycle Ramp Into London’s Alphabeta Building

MC Surfaces have been involved with London’s first “cycle-in office”; the Alphabeta Building, which is nine storey, 220,000 square foot refurbished building located between Shoreditch and the City of London.

Designed by the Architects Studio RHE, the Alphabeta Building (formerly known as Triton Court) is intended to connect Tech City with The City of London, and is intended to attract tenants from the tech, media, digital and finance sectors.

Originally home to more traditional City and finance firms, the refurbishment has brought some Hipster-style office perks to the building, including a basketball court. The signature feature is the steel ramp that allows workers to cycle straight through the open front door, through the lobby area and then down to the basement where bike racks await.

alphabeta-building bike ramp

Not only were MC Surfaces involved with the surfacing of the novel bike ramp (widely believed to be a world first, not just a London one), but it was involved with the wider refurbishment of the Atrium area too.


This iconic building in Finsbury Square was completely remodelled by Galliford Try PLC in a contact worth £36 million. The internal ground floor was initially a mish-mash of bonded and unbounded screeds and concrete. The floor was also at different levels, with numerous joints and cracks all over its surface. MC Surfaces had to both repair and then repair the floor prior to a flat and level seamless Microscreed surface being put in place.

MC Surfaces is the exclusive UK user of Microscreed, part of the Solacir Interiors range. Microscreed is a natural mineral material, it is water, rather than chemical based and it combines cement with polymers to give a tough, but flexible surface. This was the material we used throughout our work on the Alphabeta Building.

Microscreed is applied to interior, horizontal or vertical surfaces, and these produce beautiful artisan finishes on walls and floors. It can even be applied to furniture. Each project is bespoke and unique in both colour and effect, and Microscreed’s versatility allows Architects and designers to create beautiful modern seamless design features to walls and floors.

You can see more imagery of our work at the Alphabeta Bulding over on our Pinterest account.

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