The brief from our client Columbia Threadneedle was to design a Category A refurbishment and extension of two 1980’s office buildings, to optimise the floor area and create a high quality working environment. The original buildings were inefficient, tired and only linked at basement plant level.
By relocating the lift core we maximised the net lettable space, and a new glazed courtyard now links the front and rear buildings.
Internally the building is now fully accessible, with new showers, changing rooms and bike storage facilities. The interiors have been designed to reflect the character of the area with a simple palette of timber, ceramic and exposed services. The steel frame has been exposed to increase the floor to ceiling heights and to enhance the industrial look of the building. New lighting in a ‘gunmetal’ finish adds to the industrial feel.
The front façade has been redesigned with new glazing and new illuminated canopies. The original brickwork is painted a dark grey colour giving the building a more contemporary appearance.
In total we were able to deliver over 12,000sqft of upmarket office and showroom space with new high quality fixtures and finishes, while still coming in under budget.