The demand for small office floor plates, between 1500 and 3000 sq ft, keeps growing to meet the demands of support professions and international companies local. Location and visibility are key requirements as is the flexibility to respond to company culture from simple production space, meeting space or virtual company showrooms.
Office specification of 40 years ago does not reflect current aspirations. GRID’s proposal for this 1980s City office opens up the entrance hall to the street with clear views to reception and the sign board. The entrance screen and canopy are in bronzed, perforated stainless steel. On the office floors, old accessible ceilings are replaced with higher plasterboard soffits and flush lights and extract vents. Stairs and toilets are enhanced and simplified with a stunning palette of black and white. New showers and bikes stands are located in the basement.
One aspect high on any tenants wish list is outside space - as lifestyle aspirations for workspace go far beyond the prosaic. Here a high ,octagonal roof void is hollowed out to provide a new roof terrace with views of Cannon Street and St Pauls. Completion is due for summer 2017.