So when a building from the 50s or 60s does emerge with a contemporary makeover it's an altogether more noteworthy event and one that gives these newly refurbished offices on Bastwick Street in Clerkenwell something of a fairly clear playing field.
One on the first floor one on the second, each has a floor plate around 3,000ft2 and can be rented individually or as a pair. Fully fitted with furniture including desks, chairs, meeting rooms, board tables, breakout areas, storage units and kitchens, the offices are ready-to-go for any ingoing business
Both spaces are dual aspect banks of oversized casement windows running in ribbons along two elevations and maximising natural light. Below the windows stand droid-like air con units of stainless steel and black mesh in a bit of sci-fi styling while exposed concrete beans and columns, oak engineered floors, suspended light boxes and galvanised conduit complete the aesthetic.
The specification also includes underfloor cabling and newly remodeled demised WCs and showers, while the building's amenities include a communal rooftop terrace, cycle racks, passenger lift and a remodelled entrance lobby with commissionaire and 24-hour access.
Contemporary design - particularly architecture, interiors and furniture - takes its cue firmly from the 50s are 60s: wide open spaces and simple clean lines threw off the compartments and embellishments of the 19th and early 20th centuries, setting the blueprint for modern workspace. Almost every item of furniture on sale in Clerkenwell's showroom district is made for a space like Bastwick Street, so when it comes to pure authenticity, it really doesn't get more real.
The location is no less credible: just off Goswell Road and meters north of Old Street, Bastwick Street sits at the centre of London's creative hub and is close to Clerkenwell Green, Whitecross Street food market, Smithfield and Silicon Roundabout, soon to become a new public piazza
Such centrality means excellent accessibility. Three stations are within walking distance: Barbican (for Underground), Old Street (Underground add National Rail) and (Thameslink and Underground today, with the Elizabeth Line set to transform the station into a major London interchange on a 60 mile route from Berkshire to Essex and Kent with stops at Heathrow Airport and Canary Wharf.