The location is the site of a former factory where Croll manufactured gas meters in the 1850s, but the current building was constructed in 1963 for Blick Time Recorders Ltd to a design by architect Robert Cromie who also designed the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, the Royal Court Theatre at Sloane Square and the Apollo in Hammersmith. Most recently, the fashion company Henri Lloyd was headquartered here and ran regular sample sales.
Today, after being completely reimagined, 44-46 Sekforde Street delivers on everything a contemporary Clerkenwell occupier demands through a deft mix of sleek modernism and hi-tech industrial chic bolstered with a rugged edge. Running to a total of 8,348ft2, the building consists of four office units – two single storey and two duplex – with floorplates ranging from 1502 – 2800ft2. The building has 24-hour access and services include secure cycle storage and a passenger lift.
The unusual shape of the plot gives the spaces within a real sense of individuality with large casement windows running like ribbons around the building and letting in light from almost every corner. Bright white walls are contrasted with black painted window frames and grit blasted original brickwork; floors are covered in light oak engineered boards with galvanised steel perimeter trunking; exposed air conditioning ducts run overhead among suspended LED light boxes.
Each unit has self contained WC and shower facilities that are equally slick with white ceramic metro tiles, sleek white sanitaryware including 1m wide shower stalls, and chrome taps and accessories.
The 3rd & 4th floor office has been created with the addition of a new fifth storey that is stepped back from the building line, with the two levels connected by a striking black steel staircase with timber treads and glass balustrade. For a business that requires a private street entrance, look not further than the duplex on the ground and lower ground floors..
Looking out across Clerkenwell Green, the building occupies a prime City Fringe position among myriad places to socialise and shop and just a few minutes walk from Farringdon station whose Thameslink and Underground services are soon to be met by the arrival of the Elizabeth Line to create a major Central London interchange.
We are quoting rents between £62.50 and £69.506 per ft2 and the building is ready for immediate occupation.