Originally built as a courthouse in 1779, Old Sessions House has a long, storied and indeed motley history including a literary mention as the place where Oliver Twist was tried for the pickpocketing work of his friend The Artful Dodger. Given a Grade II Listing in 1985, the building is now being sensitively restored and refurbished by Sätila Studios to deliver a remarkable new location for modern businesses.
Occupying the former prison cells, the ground floor space is truly one-of-a-kind and is a radical departure from the normal showroom environment: the flagstone floors, rustic brickwork and vaulted ceilings are a unique setting for Gessi to showcase its product range. The unit also includes external terrace areas totalling c. 1,900ft2 which will accompany their internal bespoke café.
Gessi began life as a small workshop in 1992 and has since grown into a highly aspirational and respected name in the high end bathroom industry. Today, the company operates from an international headquarters and production centre about 100km from Milan in a purpose-built 800,000m2 industrial park.