272GA is a model for light touch / high impact office building retrofit. Presented with the challenge to develop a commercially viable retrofit for a building otherwise slated for demolition, MWA developed a cost-effective scheme to reactivate an unloved building as a desirable contemporary workspace.
Size : 3,800sqm
Total Cost: £3million
Architect: Material Works Architecture
Structural Engineer : Furness Partnership
Contractor: 21 Construction
Project Manager: Quartz
Services Engineer : RED
Photography : Luca Piffaretti
Key Materials: Timber Framing, Gold Mirror
The main entrance has been replaced and enlarged to create a bold new arrival into the building. Finished with a palette of polished concrete, charred timber and accent colours, the new entrance re-defines the building as a vibrant and creative location.
The existing flat roofs have been transformed into accessible roof terraces. The addition of new planting, finishes and lighting provide conformable external spaces, whilst the formation of new glazed openings make these readily accessible from within the office spaces and create new views and natural aspects from inside.
The creation of a new shared atrium provides a space for socialising and collaborative working. Using timber joinery and soft furnishings, this new space provides a practical and homely environment while also drawing day-light deep into the surrounding office plans.
Throughout these interventions there is a focus on wellness and sustainability, bringing organic materials, planting, natural light and colour into the scheme and creating spaces for reflection and socialising alongside more traditional office space.
The office floors themselves have been stripped back with the steel structure exposed and ceilings removed to create bright, open spaces that maximise natural light and views to outside.