Screeds and 1970s facade removed to free superstructure capacity, allowing extensions vertically and horizontally
Orms for The Great Ropemaker Partnership (The GRP), a 50:50 venture between Great Portland Estates plc and Ropemaker Properties Ltd (part of the BP Pension Fund Ltd)
Contract value: undisclosed
Refurbishment of a 1970s building, set between Old Street, Bunhill Row and Banner Street, retains and exposes the original frame, with new additions in steel. Screeds and the old facade were removed to free superstructure capacity, allowing extensions vertically and horizontally. Unity is created by wrapping glass around the corners and fusing the vertical and horizontal brickwork. The height of the Old Street facade is balanced by a double-storey colonnade; the new entrance pavilion has an overhanging green roof and green-glazed volcanic brick piers. Upper levels have access to private terraces; there are three new courtyard spaces and bicycle storage at basement level.