The site consists of two 20th century industrial buildings – five storeys plus basement. The two buildings are distinct in character. The older East building is taller and grander in stature with traditional timber sash windows. The younger West building is built in an Art Deco style with a set back attic storey and Crittal windows. The buildings are constructed in loadbearing masonry; with cast iron columns and filler joist concrete floors.
Due to low historic rental levels the building has seen minimal investment and maintenance. But with the growing popularity of the neighbourhood there is a desire to refurbish and extend the building.
Currently there are a number of entrances, stair cores and lifts along the length of the building. There is an opportunity to rationalise access and reclaim lettable area whilst retaining flexibility for the landlord.
Our scheme creates a single central entrance for the upper floors, combined with a series of shopfront entrances along the street. Lean-to additions to the rear which deprived the lower ground floor of daylight and fresh air will be demolished. This will enable us to create a new yard to serve as access and amenity to what will be much improved lettable space at this level.