The project was a mixed-use development of three Victorian light industrial buildings that form a prominent corner on Berwick Street, Soho, originally built as a warehouse and workrooms for the costume industry, had become threadbare. The redevelopment now called Berwick Works, restored the understated style and achieved planning consent for two additional floors, plus further extensions to the back and side of the building, and create a new dedicated entrance to the upper floor workspaces, accessed via a double-height reception lobby along Livonia Street.
Internally, a single circulation core was created, basement shower and cycle facilities, with a new lift, providing access to open lateral office spaces with exposed services, additional roof office space with two roof terraces and large windows frame magnificent views of the surrounding urban fabric. Externally, black plasterwork together with black windows and shopfronts complement the existing London brick. NRP provided project management, Employers Agent and cost consultancy services.
A challenging project with façade retention, demolition of adjoining property mid construction, undiscovered and unstable vaults, existing retail tenants in occupation and a prolonged highways refurbishment restricting access. Well done to Alexander Martin Architects for the vision and design delivery.