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Refurbishment and extension of a listed Victorian workshop to create a contemporary office environment suitable for high technology users.
Originally constructed as a print works the building was first used as offices during the second half of the 20th century. However, the confused building layout meant it resembled a collection of disparate elements rather than a cohesive whole. The new design reconfigures the arrangement to provide a logical and flexible solution with net to gross ratio vastly improved and additional space created within a new roof extension.
The many existing stairs were demolished and replaced with just two feature stairs in the two light wells and a new lift bank sitting between. A new reception also sits within one of these light wells creating a visual connection between all the spaces. The clean, crisp reception features a slate floor with white glass walls sitting against the original brick within a simple glass envelope.
The aesthetic throughout the entire building is pared back and simple to celebrate the existing fabric and allow the new interventions to contrast rather than compete.
Contact: Ian Greves, Jonathan Carter
Client: Benchmark Group Plc