Our brief was to create a contemporary office environment with sensitive treatment of the existing fabric.
The main fabric of the existing building consists of solid external brick walls, castellated beams and columns, duo-pitched metal roof with north lights.The building was originally used for munition production during the World Wars.
Treatment of the exterior facade was kept to a minimum to retain the historic features whilst windows and doors were replaced and new signage installed above the entrance. A key design feature was the addition of a mezzanine floor to provide additional floor area whilst maintaining a comfortable open plan ground floor space.
The internal ventilation system was kept exposed, which contributes to the ‘industrial feel’ of the building. The office has been equipped with a MVHR system to maintain consistant comfort.
The palette of colours has been kept within shades of white and grey to allow stronger colours only in specially designated areas to be emphasised. The main feature of the office is the use of the practice logo colours in polycarbonate fins forming the reception area, and white polycarbonate defining the break out area wrapped with internal changing multi-coloured lighting. A quartz-sandstone feature wall features next to the staircase visually connecting both floors.
Both floors are distinctively different. The ground floor is sleek, modern, full of colour, whilst the mezzanine is bright with lots of natural light. Both levels work successfully to create a fresh and visually stimulating office environment.
Martin Arnold Ltd
APC Building Services
4 Gunnery Terrace, London
RIBA Work Stage
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