Standing at 66,894 sq ft, our latest project with Office Space in Town is located by Customs House and Old Billingsgate Fish Market. Overlooking The Thames, the building has stunning views of HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and The Shard. A total refurbishment programme was required to ensure the inside of the building transformed in to something equally as stunning. Take a look at the journey we embarked on with our client which was awarded 5 Star Best Office Interior London at the 2016 UK Property Awards.
Locating the perfect space
As with most projects, our first step was working with our client Office Space in Town to locate the building and assess its suitability as serviced office space. Having demonstrated how the space could work, we then began scoping out works...
Create the blank canvas
Office refurbishment projects come in all shapes and sizes, and we're never shy of taking on a whopper. This project certainly was that. The whole building first needed stripping back to shell and core - in this phase we removed over 300 tonnes of concrete, plant structure and condenser system. We also stripped out the entire existing HVAC, lighting, windows and lifts. Having done this, we had a very empty building and the blank canvas we needed to create something truly special.
Make the building work
On first inspection, we could clearly see the building wasn't using its space efficiently and certainly wasn't making the most of its location.
A great example of this was the roof - which is now the 7th floor. It has incredible views of our great city, but wasn't accessible or usable space as it housed the large condenser system. Our in-house M&E team looked at how we could reconfigure the services, including removing and relocating this condenser system. We punched a hole from the 6th floor for the new lifts and stairs, and were able to extend the building and create the new 5,664 sq ft cafe roof terrace which is now the jewel in their crown.
Another initiative was to convert the under croft of the main entrance on the ground floor to a grand entrance to the new serviced office. By doing this, we created an extra 1,810 sq ft of floor space which now houses their stunning reception and waiting area.
Finally, to create extra space, we extended the walls back slightly to the boundary over unutilised terrace areas on the upper ground floor, creating an additional 220 sq ft of space which is now let to clients and earning rent.
Paint concept designs
To celebrate its location, we partnered with Sam Kopsch Studio (SKS) who embraced their inner pirate to create concept designs of a striking nautically inspired serviced office. To add extra glamour, Sunseeker were also consulted to provide interiors influenced by some of the world's finest luxury yachts. By working in partnership with SKS, we ensured the designs worked in harmony with the build, so the office was not only visually striking, but it was practically deliverable, maximised square footage and was efficient.
Get the building shipshape
Before we could apply the design, we needed to conduct extensive CAT A works. Due to the scale of works, we installed a full project team on site for the duration of the project, including our in-house M&E, design and build team so experts were on hand to ensure the project ran smoothly and efficiently.
Key CAT A facts:
The finished office
The final themed design is undoubtedly stunning and is one which will stand these serviced offices out in the London market. The design team at SKS brought something special to this project which is why, on projects such as this, we love the magic that happens when everyone comes together to create exceptional collaborative work. So what is the end result?
We wanted the office interior to flow through the whole space. The nautical theme spans the entire seven floors. Strong sea colours were included in the design and applied to carpets and surfaces. As well as these deep tones, striking wall graphics and knotted ropes were incorporated to create individual spaces and bespoke works of art.
The new 1,810 sq ft reception features a 10m white boat shaped reception desk, suspended propellers and two acrylic wall-mounted, back-lit boat hulls. The design colour palette is a nautical blue and white and light floors in through extensive use of glass and four Barrisol stretched canvass veiling light panels.
Typical of Office Space in Town's generous nature, more space is given to communal areas than is typical with serviced offices. On each floor you will find a fully-fitted, galley-style tea point and hidden-away meeting pods which are ideal for working in private away from your office or perfect for smaller less formal meetings.
For larger meetings, there are 15 nautical inspired rooms that hold from 4 to 100 people. The themed meeting rooms each have a distinct personality and include The Keel, The Hull, Masters Cabin, Saloon Room and The Engine Room. The largest room is The Anchor Room which can hold 100 people meetings or quickly be reconfigured to create five separate meeting spaces.
In total there are 708 workstations which are located over six floors and the office space has been divided to create a wide range of options for clients to select from.
Undoubtedly the pièce de résistance is the new cafe roof terrace on the newly created 7th floor. Clients located at Monument can enjoy a fully operational cafe with generous indoor and outdoor seating. This space is perfect for not only a break from the office, but great for collaboration, quiet working and meetings. Overlooking The Thames, it has views of HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and The Shard. This space is truly inspirational.
A little extra touch we created for Office Space in Town, is a separate annexe which features five serviced bedrooms. Perfect for those clients who work that little bit too late for the commute home.
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