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Squire & Partners completes second Soho retrofit

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The remodelled office at 5-8 Warwick Street provides new retail and workspaces

This 1950s office building was given a new facade in the 1980s, but has now been extensively remodelled and extended to house a series of new office and retail spaces.

A new façade has been created featuring sections of ‘woven’ green-glazed Umbra Sawtooth bricks, designed to reference the area’s textile history, while a new top floor has been added with a folded mansard roof. 

12065 N48 press

12065 N48 press

Source: Gareth Gardner

Full-height glazed bays at ground floor define the retail units, with a simple canopied entrance signalling the office reception.

In 2006, the practice refurbished neighbouring 30 Warwick Street, providing office and retail space.

Architect’s view

Warwick Street is the latest in a collection of Squire & Partners projects where a building’s layers of history are exploited in order to remodel and reimagine, rather than demolish and replace, offering more sustainable and time-saving possibilities that create more from less. In the case of Warwick Street, the full site history was explored, starting with the origins of the site as home to master fabric weaver Holland & Sherry, through the abstract and rebellious spirit of local Soho resident Francis Bacon, to the Postmodern 1980s façade subsequently applied to the 1950s shell.

Traditional elements of the building, such as the façade, mansard roof and reception desk evolve through these layers and emerge surreally enhanced, capturing the playful and creative spirit of Soho.’

Tim Gledstone, partner, Squire & Partners

Warwick Street Squire and Partners Ground Floor Plan

Warwick Street Squire and Partners Ground Floor Plan

Source: Squire and Partners

Ground floor plan

Project data

Start on site 
October 2016
Completion 
March 2018
Gross internal floor area Office: 1715 m2, Retail: 346 m2
Form of contract or Procurement Route Design and Build
Construction cost £6 million
Architect 
Squire & Partners
Client 
The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society
Structural engineer 
Heyne Tillett Steel
MEP consultant MTT
Quantity surveyor/cost consultant Quantem Consulting
Planning consultant CBRE
Project manager 
APS Chartered Surveyors
CDM coordinator
 Squire & Partners (principal designer)
Approved building inspector 
John Miller Partnership
Main contractor Virtus Contracts
CAD software used 
Revit
Annual CO2 emissions (predicted) 40.05 kg/m²

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