The development by Columbia Threadneedle is to a design by architects The Manser Practice. Their idea of relocating the lift core increased the amount of lettable space while the creation of a new glazed courtyard on the ground floor now connects the front and rear buildings which were formerly only linked at basement level.
The façade facing St John Street has been substantially redesigned with new glazing and illuminated canopies, with the original brickwork now painted dark grey giving the building a resolutely contemporary appearance.
A fully remodelled and striking new reception greets visitors with a feature wall in reclaimed timber and a sleek ceramic floor, setting the tone for an interior design that reflects the character of Clerkenwell’s industrial heritage and modern creative renaissance. VRV comfort cooling, oak strip floor finishes within the offices, perimeter trunking, strip & pendent LED lighting and exposed steel work and services deliver all the required ingredients for a cool City Fringe workspace.
Rental options are numerous. The building at the rear provides 4,355ft2 of office accommodation split over ground, first and mezzanine level and must be let its entirety. The front building totals 7,985ft2 and consists of showroom space on the ground and lower levels with five floors of office space above – this section can be let in its entirety or on a floor-by-floor basis.
Of course, a company may choose to take the whole scheme as a truly remarkable London headquarters.
52-54 St John Street has a new passenger lift, showers, changing rooms and & cycle store facilities and has a location on the east side of St John Street between Charterhouse Street and Clerkenwell Road. The historic Smithfield Market is very close by and the immediate locale is full of fashionable bars and restaurants. Farringdon Station, just 5 minutes’ walk from the building, will soon become one of London’s main transport hubs, with Crossrail, Thameslink and London Underground all passing through it.
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