Burland TM has revealed this £15 million scheme to convert a collection of buildings in London's Spitalfields into office space, writes Isabel Allen .
Buildings on the west side of the site (Gun Street), many of which were in poor condition, have been demolished. Those on Crispin Street, including a Victorian refuge and warehouse, have been worked into the new scheme to create One Gun Street, a unified 8,000m 2development.
The facades of the old buildings are to be repaired. The client was also keen to maintain the interior spaces of these buildings, in particular the dormitories in the refuge, which have 4.5m-high ceilings and 10m- span rivetted steel beams.
Since conventional air conditioning would have required a complete reworking of the floor levels, making them out of sync with the retained facade, engineer Buro Happold and Burland TM devised a strategy to use the existing chimneys for air supply and extract.
This strategy, in turn, informed the design of the new Gun Street building, which combines structural chimneys with simple steel-andaluminium glazing. It is built on a grid which runs parallel with the refuge in order to create coherence across the development. The two parts of the scheme are linked by a courtyard with a retractable roof. The project has just started on site and is due for completion in 2003.
CLIENTS The Osborne Group, Manhattan Loft Corporation
TM MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ENGINEER Buro Happold
QUANTITY SURVEYOR Gardiner and Theobald
LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT Bernard Ede M
ODELS Niamh Billings M
ODEL PHOTOGRAPHS Nick Grace
COMPUTER IMAGES GMJ