120,000 sq ft in the centre of Soho is always an interesting challenge! Due to start on site in April 2014 this Great Portland Estates building on the corner of Broadwick Street and Poland Street is a good example of a heavy cut-and-carve redevelopment. We aim to only demolish that which is necessary to optimise the potential of the site whilst retaining the embodied energy.
Hedge funds seem to be good at striking gold, so it is fitting that we should have completed a trading floor in the aptly named Golden Square for one of the most successful funds in London.
Two Grade II listed Georgian properties that have been the offices of GMS Estates for many generations have been redeveloped. This has been achieved through the judicious demolition of some rear post war extensions and lower ground dank spaces. Replaced by the construction of a copper bronze triangulated roof form and restoration of the original deed vault to form a more integrated work space to reflect GMS’s twenty first century needs.
This proposal creates a new spa and gym complex at a prominent Hampshire hotel. The site is located towards the bottom of the hotel complex, the designated site is accessed from formal gardens and enclosed by a large canopy of trees on three sides. There is an existing Bothy on the site that has historical importance.
Our approach was to create an informal space hidden from the formal rigour of the main hotel. By placing the swimming facilities below ground, we were able to use natural light to penetrate through the plan and bring wonder and delight to each space. The use of natural building materials are used to enrich the visitor experience.
A locally listed board school. We removed the least valuable parts of the original school to build the three largest photographic studios, and then renovated the remaining board school to form the breakout spaces, bar and reception.
The mix of old and new produced a creative and relaxed atmosphere. It was also very comforting to receive a RIBA Award, and a Hammersmith Society Award.
A typical 1960s office block, where the principal commercial decision was whether to cut and carve the building extensively or demolish it outright. In the event, the roof was demolished to create a greater floor-to-ceiling height on the new top floor. Why? Because the added rental value was huge.
A 1950s mock Georgian office block had outlived its natural life span and needed to be completely modernised.
A new atrium links the ground and lower ground floors, creating a central hub space and dramatically increasing the value of the lower ground floor.
A passive chilled beam solution was developed to keep energy use to a minimum. Conquest House won a London and South-East BCO Award.
You don’t always have to spend a lot of money to completely change your business. It took £40k to transform the appearance of this estate agent’s offices in a London bus. The company’s turnover jumped 50% – and we received a Civic Trust Award. Winners all round.
A building voted by the public as being both the most liked and most hated post-war building in London. It is also Grade II Listed. The brief was to design a temporary pavilion on the only west-facing terrace to the building to provide additional space for corporate events. The western terrace is also the only terrace that was not designed for any pedestrian loading despite the fact that it enjoys the best views from the building!
A steel grillage and deck was placed on top of the existing terrace to resolve the structural issues of the building, and the pavilion (known as The Deck), was subsequently assembled on top of the new platform. Short listed for a BCIA award, another good performance!
A classic example of a heavy duty cut and carve project of a 1920s solid brick building to produce a new corporate headquarters for Burberry. Very short description: very involved process.
We came up with the name and designed the branding; the client came up with the Sake!
Another Grade II listed property, another negotiation with the Listed Building Officer. The challenge was to satisfy the Listed Building Officer that our design preserved and enhanced the property and to complete the project in time for the client’s very ambitious opening date.
We made the deadline, and drank plenty of Sake to celebrate!
Old versus new; a game of two halves; all clichés lead to Rome – or in this case Bermondsey. A mixed-use development with office space, restaurant, and retail. Concrete interiors with aluminium windows contrast with timber windows and pine floors.
We were commissioned by CIT to design the marketing suite for More London. The use of six portakabins was a response to the requirement that the marketing suite had to be moved around the site as the works to the buildings progressed.