Second Home’s new Clerkenwell House space has undergone transformation into a dynamic office and café for their growing portfolio of co-working spaces.
Webb Yates Engineers worked with Estudio Cano Laso on the refurbishment which was underpinned by the client’s wider ambitions to integrate several creative industries under one roof and to create a stimulating and productive working environment which focuses on the user’s health and wellbeing.
Breathing new life into the existing building, the new office has a strong relationship with Clerkenwell Green and the adjacent church garden. Internally, the plant-filled space combines private and communal areas with fluid circulation routes and meeting pods. Sustainability is at the core of the client’s ethos, so the space utilises environmentally-friendly materials and innovative green technologies.
Our structural design included modifying the existing lower levels - the existing basement and ground floors were demolished and rebuilt, opening up the space to incorporate a new mezzanine which is partially hung from the first floor. This required strengthening the existing first floor structure to accommodate the mezzanine’s irregular edge adjacent to the double height space to the front façade.
Special consideration was taken in order to move the existing ground floor structure down, while maintaining stability of the existing masonry retaining walls. The existing rear staircase was demolished and infilled and the existing lift shaft modified. New openings were created to the façade and a plant space sunken into the existing roof area.
Working within a conservation area, and on an existing building with limited record information posed several challenges. The site lies within an Archaelogical Priority Area, and forms part of the setting for a number of listed buildings, including the Grade II* listed Church of St James. Within the building itself, a number of masonry arches were uncovered on each floor which needed to be carefully demolished before work could continue on site.
Webb Yates Engineers’ continued strong relationship with both the client and architect has contributed to this high-quality and unique addition to Second Home’s family of workspaces.