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Kodak House London Midtown Offices

6 April 2020

Kodak House Midtown Offices

Design: Barr Gazetas, Architects

Location: Midtown, London, England, UK

Barr Gazetas Wins Planning Permission For Transformation Of Grade II Listed Kodak House

Conservation-led Midtown office scheme secures permission from Camden Council

6th of April 2020 – London-based architecture practice Barr Gazetas has received planning permission and listed building consent from Camden Council for the transformation of the former European headquarters of The Kodak Company at 65 Kingsway, for client Clearbell Capital LLP.

Kodak House London Midtown, Kingsway offices

The building was originally designed by Sir John Burnet and Partners, and was London’s first purpose-built open plan office block, inspired by architect John James Burnet’s experiences of similar blocks in Chicago and New York. This heritage-led project, comprising the comprehensive modernisation of the Edwardian office block, will provide 70,440 sq ft of commercial space across seven floors.

Despite its Grade II listing, the building had been insensitively re-modelled over the years, creating compromised spaces that have remained vacant for some time. Barr Gazetas’ design revitalises the building, creating a new primary entrance on Keely Street with reworked circulation that allows Burnet’s historic open plan layout to be reinstated. Plans also include the restoration of original ceilings and balustrading, as well as provision of a new roof terrace, and the installation of bike storage and showers in the basement.

Jonathan Allwood of Barr Gazetas said:
“This prominent building is one of the imposing historic office blocks that give Kingsway its eclectic character and we are grateful to have the opportunity to restore its Neo Classical grandeur to the streetscape while at the same time retrofitting it and refurbishing it to meet 21century demands.”

The scheme will be WiredScore, Breeam and WELL accredited.

Work is scheduled to commence on site this summer. The project team includes Savills as planning consultant, structural engineer Heyne Tillett Steel, M&E engineer Watkins Payne, and heritage consultant Bidwells.

Barr Gazetas

Architecture and interior design practice Barr Gazetas was established in 1993 and today works on award-winning projects across the UK. Known for its progressive approach to design and placemaking, and its sensitive refurbishment of existing and historic buildings, Barr Gazetas puts people, sustainability, wellness, and the future, at the centre of every project.

Recent work includes the first co-working space for The Crown Estate on the historic Heddon Street; a home for an advertising agency that is designed to nurture rule breaking and creativity; a super sustainable office for UKGBC and drone ports for City buildings. The practice also helped deliver David Chipperfield Architects’ complex interventions and extensions at the Royal Academy, and has just completed the refurbishment of 400 year old Dulwich College school.

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Location: Midtown, London, England, UK

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