London-based 31/44 has won planning for the £1.8 million transformation of a of a building in Shoreditch, East London
The 930m2 scheme will refurbish and extend a 1960s corner building in Redchurch Street transforming it into a mixed-use space.
The ground floor will contain a café alongside shops, while above the existing building will be extended by two storeys to make room for a 16-room boutique hotel.
The building will be stripped back to its brick-faced concrete frame with the addition of new charcoal concrete infill panels featuring exposed silver aggregate.
Construction is set to begin later this month with the scheme due to complete in October 2015.
The architect’s view
‘The two new upper floors are lighter in colour to reduce the impact of the scheme and retain the memory of the original building. Taking full advantage of the surrounding views, large anodised metal windows on the upper floors are proportioned to lend the structure a refined character and signal a change in use.
‘The exteriorʼs concrete panels are set in different planes, creating a variety in modelling and shadow to reflect the character of the adjacent Victorian warehouse on Club Row. In contrast, the profile of the panels on the Redchurch Street elevation deliberately creates a more simple surface in keeping with the surrounding predominantly flat Georgian brick facades.’
Location Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, East London
Type of project mixed-use
Architect 31/44 Architects
Structural engineer Blue Engineering
Services engineer APS Mechanical Services
Building contractor Neilcott
Fire consultant FDS Consult
Acoustic engineer Isomass
Construction value £1.8 million
Site area 198m2
Gross internal area 930m2