St Vincent Street deconstruction emphasises verticality
September 13 2022
A smoked glass office block at 150 St Vincent Street is in line for a dramatic overhaul at the hands of Sheppard Robson and LDA Design to better complement the surrounding conservation area.
Dating from 1976 the unlisted structure will be subject to a programme of demolition and extension to maximise available floorspace on behalf of its owners, Clearbell Property Partners, who emphasise the green credentials of their zero ntolerance approach to waste.
The net zero carbon build will see the current structure stripped back to the frame and built out to provide 151,000sq/ft of space targetting a BREEAM outstanding rating.
A painstaking deconstruction process will see thermally inefficient granite cladding removed for re-use elsewhere within the building alongside internal finishes. Removal of a northern wing will permit service cores to be repositioned to maximise floorspace, opening a void space to the rear for infill development.
In a statement, the applicant wrote: "The vertical emphasis, rhythms and proportions of the original building will be retained and extended.
"The proposed scheme will see a crafted facade that reflects the existing buildings design intent but created with materials and details that identify the building as unique and innovative."
Profiled ceramic cladding has been chosen in reference to the central conservation area, introducing depth and shadows to vertical elements of the elevations. Where the building footprint is extended a lightweight anodised metal delineates old and new.
A waste not, want not, approach will see everything from granite cladding tiles to ceilings repurposed
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