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9 Jul

Awards

Great Western Studios shortlisted for AJ Retrofit Awards

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We’re please to announce that we’ve been short listed in the Offices category of the AJ Retrofit awards, for our Great Western Studios design. It's ten years since our first visit to the site where, in truth, initial impressions weren't promising. The original, dreary warehouse stood on a bleak, inaccessible site underneath the Westway. And yet, as Paul O'Neill comments, there was always something exciting about the brief.

"We knew that we were providing workspace for creative businesses - artists, sculptors, jewellery makers, fashion designers and architects These are people who are in the business of creating beauty, so it felt important to do something special for them. And while aspects of the site were challenging, its position by the Grand Union Canal represented a huge opportunity."

Phase 1 - the remodel and two-storey extension of the warehouse building was completed in 2009. New openings gave views of the canal and connected the building to its setting. Phase 2, completed late in 2017, saw the addition of two new storeys, filling the spaces with light and offering views to the south. The intentionally dark, ribbed terracotta render of the new upper storeys rise from the shadows of the Westway - the signature of a confident, inspiring building that has turned apparent negatives into positives.

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FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT JENNIFER JOHNSTON

07801 654 443


100 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8AL