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Comprehensive refurbishment and re-configuration of a Georgian building on the prominent corner of Oxford Street and Berwick Street. Located in the Soho Conservation Area, the existing building was in very poor structural and decorative condition.
With a design approach which both respects and enhances the historical character and proportions of the building, the original brick facade was restored using traditional techniques. A mansard roof to create the additional floor extension sits comfortably with the original building style.
Office space from the second floor up to the new fourth floor is given a striking new entrance on Berwick Street. A corten steel portal brings texture and a sense of age to complement the existing brick building. Its distinctive hues provide a contrast between the old and new interventions. Retail use to the basement, ground and first floor levels is improved with a fully glazed shopfront.
Exposed brickwork internally is a subtle reminder of the buildings history from arrival in reception, through to the office floorspace. A private roof terrace above the rear extension provides a valuable amenity in this dense urban context.