Connection, transformation and rejuvenation

The challenge

Invisible from the street, dark, overgrown and outdated, this 1980s building was looking tired and much in need of a wholesale refurbishment to give identity, add value and place the asset back in the contemporary office market. Unusually the Listed property was set back from the street, entered through a narrow passage and across a heavy  covered wrought iron bridge over a planted private courtyard.

The approach

The planted courtyard generated the natural theme underpinning the project. Purpose designed lazer cut screening was used combined with lighting to unify, enhance and identify the route from street to the building, repeating within the newly landscaped courtyard and flowing through to completion of the journey in the new reception. The bridge itself has been stripped back with new glass balustrade to allow full appreciation of the new ‘oasis’ and the facade of the building is now visible as a whole for the first time since construction. A new roof garden has been created benefitting from the view at the top of the building and all office areas provide a good clean all clear BCO compliant canvas for re-occupation.

The result

A tired building has been rejuvenated, transformed and connected. The property is marked in the street and now has a unique identity telling its own story on a journey from pavement to final arrival across a quiet courtyard oasis.