A convincing example of re-use
Astudio for Stanhope
Contract value: £21m
Cost per m²: £2,838
This is a remodelling and retrofit of a 1980s office in a relatively low-rise part of the City of London. Stanhope wanted to provide desirable spaces for 21st century commercial tenants and high levels of environmental sustainability, including a BREEAM Excellent rating. Architect and client considered every element of the existing building before deciding whether to keep it – from cores to handrails. This leads to a convincing example of re-use and gives the building an intriguing character.
The jolly boldness of the building’s new character, the new reddish cladding, and the stacked boxes adding additional space on upper storeys, are not subtle, but nor is the street corner cluster of buildings which 70 Wilson embraces. The two restored facades make positive and different contributions to the streetscape, picking up on the colours, form and ornament of the surrounding architecture. The overall effect is joyful.