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Marks Barfield gets go-ahead for London office redevelopment

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Camden Council has approved plans by Marks Barfield Architects for the redevelopment of Stephenson House near Euston, central London 

The seven-storey scheme in Hampstead Road will provide 17,000m² of office space, 17 flats, cafés, restaurants and shops and includes the refurbishment of Stephenson House. The project will increase the footprint of the current site by 5,000m².

The existing Stephenson House was built in the late 1950s – to designs drawn up by Leslie C. Norton & Stone Toms & Partners Associated Architects – and reclad in the 1980s. As part of the proposals, the concrete structure of the building will be maintained and extensions will be added using a lighter steel structure. The existing colonnade to Hampstead Road will be removed to create a double-height entrance.

Ian Rudolph, director at Marks Barfield Architects, said: ‘In its current guise, Stephenson House is an outdated building that contributes poorly to Hampstead Road and Drummond Street. Our proposal upgrades it to a high-quality mixed-use development that has been designed with the intention to prioritise wellbeing by ‘greening’ with gardens both internally and externally, at the same time as improving the quality of the streetscape.

’The development will be flooded with natural light and filled with gardens to provide a working environment that is unrivalled – something entirely appropriate for Euston’s status as a major destination within London, spurred by the growth and investment that HS2 has begun to bring.’

Work is expected to start on site in November 2018, with a completion date scheduled for 2020. 

Hampstead rd elevation

Hampstead rd elevation

Source: Marks Barfield Architects

[Approved] redevelopment of Stephenson House by Marks Barfield Architects (Hampstead Road elevation)

Architect’s view 

Stephenson House has been designed to promote wellbeing, embracing circadian design principles with an abundance of glare-controlled natural daylight. The building will be filled with gardens and planting alongside office space, with a ‘forest floor’ to the atrium spilling into the reception of the building.

A feature stair in the new atrium will encourage occupiers to walk between floors and promote chance encounters as people move through the building. Biophilic features, including double-height pocket gardens between floors and greened roof terraces, will provide moments for informal working and reflection, alongside interaction and breakout spaces. Natural materials that meet the highest BRE Green Guide ratings will be specified wherever possible.

Responding to the hierarchy of the streets, the extensively glazed façades of the proposed building will feature a mix of natural stone on the Hampstead Road elevation and warm-coloured brick on Drummond Street. Bronzed metal will be applied to details throughout. A feature will be made of a full-height glazed ‘lantern’ façade on the corner of Drummond Street and Hampstead Road, with an eye-catching three-dimensional pleated pattern of glass panels that will highlight the building, and visually connect to Tottenham Court Road and the West End beyond. Retail units and cafés will occupy the ground floor of the building, creating meeting places for the public and building occupants.

The retrofit will create 17 homes on the site, comprised of 11 homes for market, and six for affordable rent. The proposed homes account for 50 per cent of the planned increase in floor area (gross external area) on the site. The existing NHS clinic already established on the site will also be offered premises within the new building.

Project data

Location 75 Hampstead Road, London
Type of project Mixed use: Office, residential, retail, healthcare
Client Lazari Properties 2
Project manager JLL
Architect Marks Barfield Architects
Planning consultant Gerald Eve
Structural engineer The Morton Partnership
M&E consultant Graham Lees Partnership
Quantity surveyor CN Associates
Landscape architect The Landscape Partnership

Section sketch

Section sketch

Source: Marks Barfield Architects

[Approved] redevelopment of Stephenson House by Marks Barfield Architects (section sketch)

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