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BuckleyGrayYeoman unwraps £15 million Clerkenwell office refurb

BuckleyGrayYeoman Architects has completed the renovation of a 1930s factory in Clerkenwell, London

The 8,000m² refurbishment for Dewent has been named the Buckley Building after one of the practice’s founding partners Richard Buckley.

The five-storey building has been re-orientated, with main entrance moved from Aylesbury Street to the southern corner of the project on Clerkenwell Green, where a double-height reception lobby has been added.

Internally a central atrium has been infilled to increase floor space, and on the upper two stories a double height space, linked by a spiral staircase, has been created under a steeply sloping glazed roof.

A full-set of floor plans are available on the Buckley Building’s website.


Architects’ view

Matt Yeoman, director, BuckleyGrayYeoman

‘For a building on such a fantastic site, the Buckley Building felt disconnected from its surroundings, with the structure’s architectural merit hidden away by the 1980s conversion. Our design has addressed these issues and created characterful, high-quality office space on large, open floorplates.

‘The original 1930s factory provided a great basis for the conversion thanks to its robust, well-lit spaces with high ceilings and period detailing, giving us a head-start. Our key challenge was maximising the potential of what was already there and the building is full of thoughtful, practical interventions that do just that.

‘The opening is an especially important moment for our practice as Derwent London named the building after Richard Buckley, one of our late founding partners.’

Project data

Architect BuckleyGrayYeoman Architects
Structural engineer Heyne Tillett Steel
Client Derwent London
Start on site date February 2012
Gross internal floor area 8080m²
Total cost £15m
Quantity surveyor Quantem Consulting
Project manager Quantem Consulting
Cost consultant Quantem Consulting
Services engineer Norman Disney & Young
Main contractor Mitie Built Environment

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