Ocubis Ltd, development manager for owners Laffly Ltd, has announced that planning permission has been granted by the London Borough of Camden for the comprehensive renovation and redevelopment of 150 Holborn, situated at the corner of Holborn and Grays Inn Road.
The building, which is located immediately adjacent to Chancery Lane Tube station, will be substantially remodelled and extended to create 80,000 sq ft prime office space and six one, two and three-bedroom apartments, which together complement the existing 30,000 sq ft of retail space at ground-floor level.
The Make-designed scheme retains the building’s structural frame and introduces new lifts, escape stairs plus more efficient and rationalised plant and equipment. The building’s mansard roof will be removed and new levels created to increase floor space as well as new roof-top terraces for both the offices and residential elements.
The existing building envelope will be over-clad with a 'puffer jacket' of insulation to meet current standards and will be finished in a lightweight, elegant rain screen of glazed faience and patina metal with a vertical emphasis. A remodelled office entrance will give the building a more open and inviting street presence to complement the range of existing retail units, cafes and bar/restaurant. The scheme has been designed to minimise environmental impact and optimise energy efficiency and aims to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.
Graham Longman, lead project architect at Make said, “It’s a joy to work within this site’s unique context, characterised by wonderful buildings by great architects such as Waterhouse, Butterfly and Wren. We are confident our design proposal compliments and enhances the existing building and its surroundings. We are thrilled to be working with Laffly in realising their vision and look forward to starting on site in 2012.”