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Ben Adams wins planning for £14m Camden office block

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Ben Adams Architects has won the go-ahead for this £14 million revamp of a 1980s office block in Camden

The building on Jamestown Road was originally built as a laboratory and office space for Elsevier in 1989.

The 8,174m² scheme for London and Regional Properties will use the buildings existing frame while creating new elevations.

A new central court will bring light into the building’s deep plan, while two new floors step back from the façade to create roof gardens overlooking Regent’s Canal.

Developers hope the canalside office will become a home for Camden’s expanding creative sector.

Practice founder Ben Adams, said: ‘Working in this famous setting is an honour and a challenge. We are very pleased to bring an extremely high-quality building to the area to replace an outdated laboratory. Workers will be able to enjoy the best of the canal experience in a beautiful, re-industrial building.’

The scheme is expected to complete in August 2016.


Project data

Location Jamestown Road, Camden, London
Type of project office refurbishment
Client London & Regional Properties
Architect Ben Adams Architects
Landscape and planning consultant Savills UK
Structural engineer Expedition Engineering
M&E consultant Norman Disney & Young
Quantity surveyor Coll Associates
Planning supervisor PROGIC
Main contractor HOC Construction
Tender date May 2015
Start on site date August 2015
Completion date August 2016
Contract duration 53 weeks
Gross internal floor area 8,174m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and Build
Total cost £14 million

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