Über cool refurbishment of seventies building leads the way...
Planning consent has just been granted by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for a 100,000 sq ft office development on the New Kings Road in London designed by ORMS Architecture Design. The £30m project for Commercial Estates Group involves a significant refurbishment, re-cladding and extension to an existing 1970's building, to provide modern grade A office space. The project will include a new entrance for the building and a café fronting the new Kings Road. A low energy air-conditioning system, utilising an on site renewable energy source. Following swiftly on the heels of this planning approval is consent for another office redevelopment designed by the practice in London. This second project, in the City, involves an £18m refurbishment and extension including redesign of the facades at 28 Finsbury Square, a ten storey existing building on a prominent corner site for Freshwater Property London. ORMS’ strong credentials in the commercial office sector were recently endorsed by the award of Best of the Best at the 2007 British Council for Offices (BCO) awards for the ISG Headquarters at Aldgate House in London of which the judges said “The layout shows vision, fluency and quality – and all at the reasonable cost of around £75/sq. ft. Most of all it shows how an ageing, tired and hard-to-let deep office floor can be turned into dense but comfortable workspace through intelligence and professional skill.“ In addition to a strong portfolio in the commercial office sector, - in new build, refurb and interiors - ORMS current portfolio comprises a wide variety of projects in the retail, residential, leisure and education sectors.