Award winning architectural practice, gpad london ltd, has secured planning approval for the development of a new high quality commercial building at 10-14 White Lion Street in Islington. When the 6,440sqm of office space development is completed it will provide a third of Islington’s annual new office space target.
The proposed scheme represents a comprehensive yet sensitive redevelopment of the site which enhances the local area through its high quality design.
The six storey design has been influenced by its neighbouring buildings with the existing streetscape informing the fenestration concept. A four-bay façade was chosen as it was the most contextually appropriate, echoing the street’s current character. The developments’ window proportions are sized so that White Lion Street’s solid characteristic appearance is maintained.
The proposed scheme will provide a well-proportioned, brick clad with zinc building that is subtle in its junctions and materials. The use of stone detailing within the façade provides a quality feel. To the rear, setbacks will create terraces and green spaces for the offices that further contribute to the occupier experience. Careful consideration has been given to creating a solid appearance with a contemporary feel using materials that will stand the test of time not only in terms of durability but also long term attractiveness.
Larger bays at ground floor level help articulate the base, allowing light to the basement floor and denote the office entrance.
Powder coated aluminium window frames in dark colours reference historical cast iron stairwells and railings of the surrounding context. Similarly proposed steel hand rails for the terraces will be painted black to reference original cast iron features of other buildings in the site’s vicinity.
Using the same material forms a clear relationship between the front and the back of building. The front façade will have finer detailing to emphasise the importance of the main street. Details such as stone lintels above the windows help create depth and subtle variety to the façade.
In accordance with Council and London Plan policy the scheme will target a BREEAM “Excellent Rating”.
Gavin Wogman, Powderworth Limited comments:
“We are thrilled that our scheme has been approved by Islington Council and it’s testament to the collaborative approach adopted by gpad and the wider design team. Our scheme is sensitive to the surrounding area and will provide a significant contribution to the economic landscape of the borough of Islington.”
Graeme Winestone, Architect at gpad london comments:
“Historically White Lion Street was a densely developed site of more than ninety houses. Even though the street has seen many incarnations over the years, the history of the area can still be read on the façades today. We carefully considered this existing scene in our proposal and it is this heritage, characterising the streetscape, which has informed our fenestration concept.
“Winning the planning permission endorses our collaborative and critical approach. We’ve challenged and evolved the brief to create a unique design which we’re delighted to bring to life.”