Behind the façade we have returned the building to its former grandeur, the upper levels unified into large, flexible workspaces, a blank canvas onto which new tenants can project their own identities. At ground level, existing retail tenants have kept their units below rationalised awnings and fascias.
Our remodelling turned the holdout unit into the heart and soul of the building rather than the thorn in its side. The Spiegelhalter void has become the main entrance, effectively a piece of the public realm where the threshold between outside and in is blurred.
The domed glass skylights on the second floor would have been a wonder for shoppers at the original Wickham’s department store. We repaired and restored them to their former glory, exposing the steel structure to create a spectacular lightweight pavilion at the top of the building.