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REED EMPLOYMENT AND THAMES & HUDSON OFFICES, LONDON

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JOHN McASLAN & PARTNERS

These two projects for well-established companies involve the adaptation of existing buildings. In the case of Reed, the starting point is a listed terrace in Baker Street which is being rationalised and refurbished as a modern headquarters. Publisher Thames & Hudson is moving from cramped premises in Bloomsbury into a 1930s block in Holborn, where 2000m2 of new offices are being created in refurbished space. Space planning and furniture design are also being undertaken by jmp, in association with Dan Contracts, its collaborator at Imperial College. The new offices will be serviced with ducted air and computer cabling from a central core. The essence of the project is the provision of efficient office space, but an element of delight will be added by a void running through three floors to house the firm's extensive library. The inspiration for this glazed container is Chareau & Bijvoet's Maison de Verre, memories of which have surfaced in a number of McAslan projects over the years.

THAMES & HUDSON OFFICES, LONDON

CLIENT

Thames & Hudson Ltd

ARCHITECT

jmp: John McAslan, Nick Eldridge, Hiro Aso, Ian McChesney

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

F J Samuely & Partners

M&E ENGINEER

Rybka Battle

QUANTITY SURVEYOR

Boyden & Company

REED OFFICES, 94 BAKER STREET, LONDON

CLIENT

Reed Personnel Services plc

ARCHITECT

jmp: John McAslan, Piers Smerin, Hiro Aso

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Jampel Davison Bell

M&E ENGINEER

Rybka Battle

QUANTITY SURVEYOR

Boyden & Company

ISOKON FLATS, LAWN ROAD, HAMPSTEAD, LONDON

Wells Coates' Lawn Road flats provided an elegant pied a terre for artists and intellectuals in 1930s London - Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer both lived there for a time. Listed Grade II*, the flats are now owned by Camden Council and had deteriorated physically and socially by 1995, when jmp was commissioned to prepare a masterplan for a thorough restoration. Phase I of the work (cost: £250,000) has now been completed and includes re- roofing, external repairs and selected internal refurbishment. Three further phases of work are planned, to be completed by 1999.

ISOKON FLATS, HAMPSTEAD, LONDON

CLIENT

London Borough of Camden

ARCHITECT

jmp: John McAslan, Adam Brown, Martin Markcrow, Karen Mitchell, Matt Williams

QUANTITY SURVEYOR

Davis Langdon & Everest

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Jampel Davison Bell

M&E ENGINEER

Rybka Battle

BUILDING SURVEYOR

Mellersh & Harding

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