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Rolfe Judd have designed and delivered a new aparthotel on the site of the former premises of The Jewish Chronicle at 25 Furnival Street in the City of London.
Located within the Chancery Lane conservation area the site included a fine Victorian Public House, the facade of which was incorporated into the new build proposals. The site also sits within an area designated for employment use and achieving agreement from the City of London planning department to a change of use from office to aparthotel was fundamental to the success of the project. This involved detailed consultation at pre planning stage, a process which was facilitated by the high quality of the proposals.
The design itself is driven by the desire to achieve a balanced form for the building, linking the retained facade to a more dominant piece on the other corner via a central bay. The facade is therefore broken up into a series of separate but linked forms which are designed to work both horizontally and vertically.
The choice of brick as the primary cladding material was hugely important with the linked forms using separate colour palates to highlight definition as well as embedded glazed bricks to provide highlights. Upper floors detailed in bronze were set back to reinforce the importance of the main facades and minimise the overall impression of bulk when viewed from the street.
The completed building delivers an NIA of c.3,000m2 and comprises 50 serviced apartments plus a ground floor A3 restaurant and business hub.
Contact: Jonathan Carter, Matthew Gray, Andrew Stewart
Client: Supercity UK