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70 Grays Inn Road is located in an enviable location between two of Central London’s most exciting sub-markets, Farringdon and Bloomsbury, a stone’s throw away from Chancery Lane, Holborn and Farringdon Station.
It was originally constructed in the early 1990s in a neo-Georgian pastiche style, clad predominantly in a mixture of facing brickwork, stonework and slate roofing with metal-framed windows and painted metal railings.
Its use has always been commercial but the layout at ground floor was originally divided by the main office reception, making it very difficult to occupy both wings of the ground floor efficiently. The existing ground floor office areas to the south of the main entrance had limited viability due to their isolated location, disjointed from the remainder of the building and low attractiveness to potential tenants.
The reception, lower ground, ground, 1st and 2nd floors have been comprehensively refurbished providing 17,378 sq ft of flexible Cat A space.
A new glazed entrance screen increases the building’s street-presence and brings a greater amount of daylight into the space. The new projecting canopy extending back into the new reception with prime finishes also increases its definition.
The under-used ground floor office areas to the south of the main entrance have been converted to provide a public café with an internal link to the office reception.
This café has its own new prominent street entrance with projecting canopy and defined retail demise.
The corner to Portpool Lane has been opened to mirror the café entrance to the opposite corner, giving independent access to ground and lower ground floor office units
A new cycle storage facility with its own prominent branded cyclists’ entrance and direct internal links to the offices, supports and encourages cycle use by workers.
There is also a new separate entrance to a dedicated refuse storage area to provide direct access for street-level refuse collection.
The ground floor windows to the Grays Inn Road façade have been replaced with a dark bronze coloured, polyester powder coated, metal framework and the existing precast spandrel panels have been re-clad with new dark bronze coloured metal panelling to match window frames
The splayed corners to Grays Inn Road have been opened up and glazed like the rest of the façade.
Client: Euro Asset Management SARL
Contact: Mike Dowek