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The short-life refurbishment of an early 1980s overclad brick wharfside building created office space for the architect and quantity surveyor bptw. The space has been split physically and visually, resulting in improved security and parking. Internally the building was opened up to create a light, airy drawing office. New accommodation includes 33 workstations, flexible space for short meetings, a library, storage and wcs. A new reception area also functions as an exhibition space. The whole project is sympathetic to its riverside location in Greenwich. Architect bptw adhered to a rigid budget of £100,000.


The project comprised some internal alterations and redecoration of an office and reception area, as well as the formation of a new reception frontage and entrance to Hill & Hay Printers in Glasgow. The building is a concrete portal-framed single-storey construction, with brickwork panels and industrial concertina doors forming the original frontage to the property. New glazing was installed to open up the reception area, while recladding of the facade with flat silver composite panels, and the addition of a simple steel entrance canopy, has greatly distinguished the new entrance from the remaining units in the row. The main contractor was Hutcheson Building Contractors. The project value was £32,911.


The project, following the recladding of Stewart Street Police Station in Glasgow, involved adding an entrance ramp, illuminated sign and canopy as well as refurbishment of the entrance foyer and bar. The stainless- steel handrail and glazed canopy draw the eye into the foyer which forms a glowing backdrop to the entrance, with lighting and materials creating a comfortable environment while maintaining security. Obscured glazed screens form an interview room and secure access corridor. The client was Strathclyde Joint Police Board Property Services, the main contractor Clark Contracts and the project value £106,721.70.

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