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Situated in the heart of design district Clerkenwell, Parchment House offers businesses a contemporary home in a converted Victorian warehouse. Peldon Rose have designed a refreshed ready-to-work scheme on the 4th floor for Landlord Columbia Threadneedle Investments. The office is suitable for a diverse array of prospective tenants, accommodating a plethora of needs and working preferences and showcasing the locality’s history.
Ensuring that the office was adaptable and suitably equipped to address the requirements of future tenants was an essential part of Parchment House’s regeneration. The design is versatile and accommodates different working and resting styles, with two meetings rooms, an open “flex” space with 18 workstations, a collaborative zone, and a large tea point.
Creating areas that address different purposes and work tasks throughout the day creates choice and agility for employees to choose how best to meet their needs – a staple in today’s office designs.
Functioning in a previous life as a large Victorian warehouse, Parchment House benefits from oversized windows that flood the offices with sunshine. Glazed glass partitions in meeting rooms ensure an even penetration and dispersion of natural light, while keeping meeting spaces private and improving the energy efficiency, ventilation, and overall EPC (energy efficiency) rating of the space.
Nods to Clerkenwell’s former status as a thermal bath retreat in the late 19th century can be seen through the workspace’s ambience of simplicity, relaxation, and tranquility; while the pops of colours in pendant lighting blend more conservative residential design with a bolder industrial look and feel.
A central element of the Parchment House refresh was to reuse and reimagine the potential of its existing spaces and features. Materials such as the solid oak veneer flooring were retained, providing the perfect base for a new design. Rather than introducing any new mechanical systems, Peldon Rose extended the current AC system, and kept suspended LED lighting installed throughout the space. The initiative to ‘reuse and repurpose’ where possible reduces unnecessary waste.