Location London SW1
Status Completed 2010
When the Post Office vacated their sorting office in Victoria, creative Italian developer Fabbriche Ceramiche saw the potential for a creative hub in the area, aimed towards design and arts based tenants who could benefit from shared space and the cross fertilisation of ideas and products.
A scheme was developed that would sensitively maintain and exploit the existing character and original Victorian features, whilst creating new modern interventions to complement the original. Existing steel beams and columns were refurbished, and the original ceiling exposed. Externally, the front facade was cleaned and repaired with new large windows to maximise natural light.
Tenancies are divided into small and medium units with shared facilities for meetings and exhibitions. Tenants include Phillips de Pury and Tom Ford.
On the upper floors, residential loft style apartments again exploit existing details to create a distinctive character, such as double height spaces to make use of the high ceilings and oversized Victorian windows.
Client Fabbriche Ceramiche
Planning Consultant London Planning Practice
Project Manager HHY Building Consultancy
Services Hilson Moran Partnership
Structure Richard Watkins and Associates
Photography Will Pryce, James Balston