Ab Rogers and Coffey Architects have been appointed to design a new headquarters for property giant Development Securities and its subsidiary Cathedral Group
The developer announced it had taken a 10 year lease on the 3,065m2 building in Victoria, London to house the 80 staff working across the two companies.
The building in Howick Place was formerly the European HQ of international auction house Phllips, and will be redesigned by the two architecture practices. As a result Cathedral, which was bought by Development Securities last year (see AJ 14.05.15), will move out of it current home in an 18th century chapel near London Bridge.
Phil Coffey, founder of Coffey Architects said: “This is an exciting challenge for us as architects to create the perfect home for the combined talents of two demanding companies with an impressive track record of building inspiring places for others.”
The building is a refurbished Royal Mail sorting office and underwent a previous refurbishment designed by Squire & Partners in 2007-08.
The office, situated between Victoria Street and the Westminster Cathedral Conservation Area, could incorporate a new gallery and office on the ground floor, according to the developer.
Matthew Weiner, executive director at Development Securities said: ‘We’ve challenged our architects and designers to deliver us something very special that will inspire our two teams, as we come ever closer together in this exciting new chapter for our business.’
Source: Thomas Butler