John Robertson Architects (JRA) has taken the wraps off its recently completed refurbishment of Richard Seifert’s 120 Holborn office building
The practice was originally asked to carry out a ‘light-touch refurbishment’ of the 1979 block on the corner of Holborn Circus, but the brief was expanded to provide high-quality office space, new reception spaces, and outdoor space.
Spread over nine floors, the offices have been revamped with services moved to the perimeter to help raise ceiling heights, while at ground floor the building’s two receptions have also had a make-over.
The building’s central courtyard had been re-landscaped with a large decked area and new trees and shrubs.
David Magyar, director of John Robertson Architects, said: ‘The building has a horseshoe plan around a central courtyard which masks the overall size of the office floors, which are large, and well-lit thanks to the repeated bay window design of the façades.
‘Our refurbishment has worked with the angular irregularity of the plan, which gives the spaces a unique character, creating flexible and desirable space for the new influx of occupiers being drawn to the Holborn and Farringdon area.’
Location 120 Holborn, London
Type of project commercial retrofit
Architect John Robertson Architects
Building services engineer Cundall
Quantity surveyor Beadmans
Planning consultant DP9
Lighting consultant Cundall
Main contractor Collins Construction
Completion date Spring 2015
Gross internal floor area 13,935m2