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Amin Taha wins go-ahead to take Clerkenwell office building back in time

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Groupwork + Amin Taha has received permission for an £8 million overhaul of a 1970s office block in Clerkenwell which includes an historically inspired brass mesh facade

Camden Council’s planning committee granted consent to the local practice’s proposals for 20-23 Greville Street near Farringdon station in central London.

The scheme, backed by Seaforth Land, will see replacement cladding, demolition of a plant room and creation of a two-storey roof extension and a five-storey rear extension.

An entrance will be reinstated on Bleeding Heart Yard as the practice looks to extend the footprint of the building to restore its Edwardian grandeur.

Amin taha bleeding heart befor and after

Bleeding Heart Yard - existing (left) and proposed (right)

Bleeding Heart Yard - existing (left) and proposed (right)

Practice principal Amin Taha said the project would ‘follow the pre-demolition survey information found by heritage consultant Donald Insall for the six properties pre-dating the current office building. The mesh will follow all cornice, pediment, window, door and roof forms of these.

‘A sample panel was erected at second-floor level to demonstrate how from a distance the material and form appear solid but on approach reveals itself to be ephemeral, a ghost and shroud of the past, transparent when daylight is seen through its corners and light to the touch.’

An objection letter was sent to the council by occupants of Bleeding Heart Yard, raising fears the scheme would have a negative impact on the character of the yard as well as claims of ‘poor design’.

But planning officers described the proposals as representing ‘an interesting architectural solution’ and said the project would enhance the appearance of the existing building and the wider Hatton Garden Conservation Area. The scheme was approved by councillors subject to conditions.

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20-23 Greville Street seen from Farringdon Road - existing (left) and proposed (right)

20-23 Greville Street seen from Farringdon Road - existing (left) and proposed (right)

Project data

Location Greville Street / Bleeding Heart Yard, London
Type of project Refurbishment and extension of a 1970s commercial building
Client Seaforth Land
Architect Groupwork
Planning consultant Tibbalds
Structural engineer Atelier One
M&E consultant Webb Yates
Quantity surveyor Quantem
Planning supervisor Tibbalds
Façade contractor Acesheetmetal and Fabrication Engineers
Start on site date January 2019
Completion date January 2020
Gross internal floor area 3,397m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and build
Total cost £8m
Heritage consultant Donald Insall Associates
Daylight and sunlight GL Hearn

248 greville street elevation

248 greville street elevation

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