Clerkenwell Office Building, Derwent London Development, Project
Buckley Building, London : Clerkenwell Offices
New Commercial Development, England, UK – design by Buckley Gray Yeoman
6 Feb 2012
Buckley Building Clerkenwell
Work on the Buckley Building starts onsite
Work has begun on Buckley Gray Yeoman’s £15 million refurbishment and extension of an outdated office building in the heart Clerkenwell, London. Derwent London, the developer of the building, has renamed the project ‘The Buckley Building’ in memory of the late Richard Buckley, one of the founding partners of Buckley Gray Yeoman.
Matt Yeoman from Buckley Gray Yeoman said: “To have Derwent London name their new building in Richard’s memory is a fantastic gesture. Richard’s family is delighted, as am I and everyone at the practice”.
The practice’s transformation of the building, which will provide 85,000 sq ft of modern office space over four floors, has been designed to reflect the vibrant surrounding area and preserve the building’s industrial character.
Buckley Gray Yeoman’s design will upgrade the existing office accommodation by creating highquality, open working environments. The design includes infilling the existing atrium space to maximise the floor plan of the development, creating spaces that can be adapted to suit a number of different options for tenants.
Surrounded on all four sides by public highways the building is on an ‘island’ block giving it a strong presence. To emphasise the building’s entrance, Buckley Gray Yeoman’s design will move the main doorway to the southern corner of the building, creating clear links with the adjacent public space, Clerkenwell Green.
Again referencing the industrial past of the area, the new lobby space of the Buckley Building will feature a minimal palette of two concrete tones and a black steel feature wall. At the back of the lobby a staircase inspired by Italian architect Carlo Scarpa will sit next to an ‘art wall’ that will conceal an automated door to access the disabled lift.
The scheme is due to complete later this year.
Buckley Gray Yeoman
Formed in 1997, Buckley Gray Yeoman is an award-winning architecture and design practice based in Shoreditch, London. Directed by Paul White and Matt Yeoman, the firm provides pragmatic and deliverable solutions to complex design issues.
Derwent London plc
Derwent London plc is the largest central London focused REIT. The Group is one of London’s most innovative office specialist property regenerators and investors and is well known for its design-led philosophy and creative management approach to development. Derwent London owns and manages an investment portfolio of 5.4 million sq ft (505,000m2), as at 30 June 2011, of which 96% is located in central London, with a specific focus on the West End and the areas bordering the City of London. Landmark schemes by Derwent London include Angel Building EC1, Horseferry House SW1 and Tea Building E1. Angel Building was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize following its RIBA London 2011 award and has also won accolades from the British Council for Offices and New London Architecture. The recent Maple & Fitzroy development in Fitzrovia W1 also won a 2011 RIBA London and New London Architecture award.
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