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Old and new revival for Farmiloe

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The Farmiloe Building on Clerkenwell's St John Street, the headquarters of last year's London Architecture Biennale, is to be redeveloped by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM).

The scheme - which won planning permission last week - aims to save the Grade II-listed 1868 warehouse building, while also replacing a more recent adjacent addition. The majority of the scheme will be office space, with a smaller restaurant element.

Due to planning demands, AHMM's proposals - drawn up for the Farmiloe family, owners of the building that housed their bathroom-fittings company until 1999 - respect the height of most of the surrounding buildings while the new intervention also reflects the older original warehouse. The old facade will be restored to what is thought to have been its original state, with layers of paint removed to reveal the older brickwork.

The key to the new building is the facade and the way it works within its context. This is exemplified by the use of Portland Stone in the project's frame, which partially mirrors its use in the Farmiloe Building, and the respect that the designs show for the entrance.

Internally, the scheme - which has an unusually deep plan - is designed to be as flexible as possible for lettings.

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