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  2. Ideal Standard taps Drapers House for new HQ

    7 January 2019
    We have now completed the first letting at the refurbished Drapers House on Clerkenwell Road to one of the world’s longest established bathroom manufacturers, Ideal Standard.
    It’s something of a lucky acquisition for the multinational firm given how showroom locations in the City Fringe are notoriously hard to come by. So much so that our Tenant Representation team were moved to blog about the difficulties of acquiring a street frontage in London’s creative quarter.

    Taking a ten-year lease on its new home, Ideal Standard is relocating from its existing headquarters on Charterhouse Street in nearby Smithfield. The move to Drapers House will give the company 4,000 ft2 to exhibit their products and house their design and sales teams. 

    The letting of the ground and lower ground floors is the first at the recently transformed building, once the home of iconic British fashion house Alexander McQueen and now refurbished to an outstanding design by Rockspring Property Investment Managers, an arm of PATRIZIA Immobilien AG.

    With the showroom space now successfully occupied, our concentration shifts to the upper floors, where four floors of remarkable office space await potential tenants.

    The first and second floors host a pair of single-storey units of around 2,200 ft2 of classic open-plan warehouse space with exposed timber, grit-blasted brickwork, and industrial windows.

    The crowning glory, though, are the penthouse floors. The third & fourth floor units provide a total of 4,400ft2.  This remarkable space includes a sleek mezzanine, two private terrace and, the building’s piece de resistance, a barrel vaulted glass roof. It’s an inspired piece of architectural ingenuity that offers an outlook across the Clerkenwell rooftops normally reserved for birds and adventurous cats.

    Among the materials, finishes and specification are: black steel mesh; exposed warehouse
    fabric; superb natural daylight; new VRF air-conditioning systems; LED strip lighting; fully
    accessible inlaid timber raised floors; shower facilities and cycle storage.

    With a location between St John Street and Goswell Road, Drapers House sits at the heart of Clerkenwell’s bustling street scene of creative enterprises from shops and cafes to designers and media firms. 

    Farringdon Station is within a few minutes walk and is soon to become a major London interchange when the first phase of Crossrail completes, adding direct trains to Heathrow and Canary Wharf to its existing Thameslink, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City line services.