10 years on from our original appointment, Burwell Architects have revisited and completed the refurbishment of two office floors at Elsley House, a former 'rag trade' building in London’s West End for Great Portland Estates, occupied by the marketing, media and creative industries.
A deliberately nostalgic approach was taken from the outset, with new finishes chosen to recall the building’s Art Deco past. Patterned terrazzo flooring, laser-cut metal panels and bespoke moulded architraves provide a layer of contemporary decoration in the common parts, whilst a more utilitarian pallet of brick, glazed ceramics and exposed iron columns add interest to the general office areas. The original fine metal windows have been painstakingly restored, with micro double glazed units greatly improving their thermal performance. New wall and floor openings provide much needed light into the deepest parts of the plan, whilst a new central void provides a dramatic physical connection to the lower ground floor. Energy efficient air conditioning is provided via floor-by-floor heat recovery AHUs and localised VRF units. Underutilised pavement vaults and a former oil tank room have also been reclaimed as part of the works, expanding the existing toilet, locker and shower facilities without compromising lettable floor area. The refurbishment of a rear reception and lift lobby, a redesigned courtyard and the provision of basement cycle storage.