Clerkenwell-based Gpad London has won permission for this eight-storey office building on its doorstep next to Chamberlin, Powell & Bon’s Grade II-listed Golden Lane estate
The stepped, brick scheme at 5 Sycamore Street will replace a 1988 block which was heavily altered during the 1990s.
Gpad London architect Joe Ashton said: ‘With the neighbouring buildings varying in style and use, the site posed a challenge for us to ensure that the new plans tied in with the local geometry.
‘It has presented us with the exciting opportunity to work with a unique island site in Clerkenwell – a building occupying its own plot in such a dense area is rare. We’re delighted to have won the planning permission to progress with the project and it is great our team’s hard work has been realised in this way.’
The 2,336m² project is expected to start on site in December 2018.
Gpad barbican collage
The architect’s view
The eight-storey building will include a basement and cycle store with the location of the site also presenting the opportunity to create public space.
The site brings with it a wealth of history. It was once home to stable buildings. These made way for a four-storey warehouse, which in turn was refurbished into office space.
Having analysed the surrounding buildings of differing heights and sizes, including Grade II-listed buildings, St Lukes conservation area and other buildings converted for residential use, we have been careful to source high-quality materials that reference traditional construction techniques. This gives a nod to the site’s former warehouse heritage.
As part of the proposed design, Gpad has included recessed brickwork to add depth to the façade, which will include strong vertical elements and expose the masonry construction. Pronounced brick piers creating large structural bays pay homage to the history of the area. Upper levels clad in high-quality copper and brass will detail an intricate scale-like finish, which contrasts with the mass of the brickwork below. The top two floors will also boast balconies with trimless glass balustrades and concealed fixings for a luxury finish and much sought after outside space.
As the building is set behind the busy Old Street hub, with lots of pedestrian traffic, Ggpad London realised that the ground floor needed to have visual impact. Large fenestrations at ground-floor level will demonstrate hierarchy of space and create a more engaging street frontage, allowing this part of Clerkenwell, which is not currently on the main thoroughfare, to be brought to life.
Gpad sycamore street front elevation
Location Clerkenwell – 5 Sycamore Street, London EC1
Type of project Commercial New-Build
Client Elmhurst Capital
Architect Gpad london
Planning consultant Planning Sense
Structural engineer GDE Partnership
M&E consultant AWA Building Services Consultants
Quantity surveyor To be confirmed
Planning supervisor To be confirmed
Tender date September 2018
Start on site date December 2018
Completion date February 2020
Contract duration 15 months
Gross internal floor area 2,336m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Unknown
Total cost To be confirmed