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Friend bags planning for piano factory revamp

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[First look + plans + project data] Friend and Company Architects has landed planning permission to transform a former piano factory in Camden, London into a photographer’s studio

The 117m² ‘live/work’ project comprises a two-storey roof extension with two roof terraces.

The client, Jonathan Root is a portrait artist who photographed the likes of David Hockney, Gilbert & George, Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and Mark Rylance.

Clad in an anodised aluminium ‘curtain’, the design ‘uses the latest technology to make a light prefabricated cage-structure that can be lifted into place by crane’, according to the practice.

The scheme was approved by Camden Council’s planning committee on 28 April and is expected to start on site in March 2012.


Project data

Architects:Friend and Company
Location: Camden, London
Type Of Project: Extension to Live / Work Studio for Photographer
Structural Engineers: Yet To be Appointed
Project Leader:  Tim Hardy
Design Team: Tim Hardy, Adrian Friend
Client: Jonathan Root, Photographer 
Funding: Privately Funded
Tender date: Provisionally Jan 2012
Start on site date: Provisionally Mar 2012
Contract duration:  Approx. 4months
Gross internal floor area:  Approx. 117m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Traditional JCT Minor Works / Intermediate
Total cost:  Undisclosed
M&e consultant: Yet To be Appointed
Quantity surveyor: Yet To be Appointed
Planning supervisor:N/A
Lighting consultant: Yet To be Appointed
Main contractor: Yet To be Appointed
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: James & Taylor (Cladding Mesh) 
Annual co2 emissions: Yet To Be Calculated


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