We then improved the relationship between inside and out, creating large double-height openings at street level to open up the lower floors, which house a mix of office and retail space. Level access into a significantly reconfigured reception area and improved planting also help the building to sit more comfortably in its surroundings.
We added two new storeys at roof level and a rear extension which, together, increase the floor area of the building by almost 50 per cent, giving a total of 167,000 square feet. The exterior has also been refreshed. At the lower levels, the large openings are framed in high quality grey Petersen Kolumba brick which breaks down the scale of the building and differentiates it – in colour – from the brickwork of the surrounding residential properties. The openings themselves are filled with factory-style curtain walling.