Emerging practice Gibson Thornley has received planning permission for its overhaul of an office building in a protected zone in the heart of the capital.
Islington councillors granted consent for the east London architect’s remodel and extension of Link House within the Charterhouse Square Conservation Area in Farringdon.
The scheme could start on site this spring, and is aimed at providing 1,350m2 of contemporary workspace in time for Crossrail coming to the area in mid-2019.
Gibson Thornley will retain the building’s existing concrete frame but remodel its façade with large windows arranged in a grid pattern.
The building’s exterior will be faced with a dark grey mottled brick, with deep recesses around the glazing ‘designed to provide a rhythm of light and shadow across the street-facing façade’.
Each floorplate has been reorganised in a bid to create better connections between the front and rear parts of the building. A new fourth and fifth floor have been inserted with access to external terraces.
Practice co-founder Ben Gibson said: ‘By extensively remodelling London’s existing built fabric, we can ensure that the capital has the best possible office space without the need for costly demolition and construction of entirely new buildings.
‘We’re confident that this building will make a distinct impression along the street in one of the capital’s most rapidly developing districts.’