Parallel to Old Street, narrow Dufferin Street runs east to west from Bunhill Road to Whitecross Street and is lined almost entirely with tall tenement buildings facing former warehouses.
An example of the latter, Craftwork Studios is a formidable hunk of Victorian industrial heritage converted into media-style workspaces. Two office units ¬– one on the third floor and one on the fourth – are currently undergoing a complete refurbishment. Measuring 5,759ft2 and 4,421ft2 respectively, each has a terrific natural brightness from windows on three elevations.
The interiors use a simple-but-highly-effective monochrome colour palette which serves to highlight the building’s original fabric, creating definitive examples of high quality City Fringe workspace. Alongside the grit-blasted brickwork, warehouse windows, steel beams and iron columns are contemporary additions of rich timber engineered floors, exposed air conditioning units and suspended LED light boxes hanging from 3 metre-high ceilings.
Along with the refurbishment of the office spaces, the building’s main reception area and common part have been redesigned while other facilities include 3 passenger lifts, on-site commissionaire and secure cycle parking.
Whitecross Street’s daily street food market has become one a huge local highlight and is a firm favourite with anyone living or working nearby. The unique atmosphere coupled with eats and treats from around the world is a genuine delight, matched only by the bonus of having it right outside the door.
Being at the meeting point of so many adjacent districts also means excellent connectivity. Moorgate, Old Street, Barbican and Farringdon stations are all within walking distance and between them provide Underground, Thameslink and National Rail services. When the Crossrail project completes, Craftwork Studios will have two Elizabeth Line stations to choose from: either Farringdon or the Moorgate entrance to Liverpool Street.
Both office units are scheduled for completion in summer 2019.