Turnmill

  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Hufton + Crow
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Hufton + Crow
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Hufton + Crow
  • © Hufton + Crow
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Courtesy of Derwent London

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

Greater London

Local Authority Area

Islington

Information about this scheme

Turnmill sits on a prominent corner site in London’s Clerkenwell Green Conservation Area, an area undergoing significant change ahead of the arrival of Crossrail in 2018. A beautiful, sustainable, efficient and flexible office space of high quality has been created, with active uses at street-level to positively contribute to the streetscape. With the benefits of stimulating and characterful work environments gaining widespread acknowledgement, Turnmill has provided the opportunity to rethink the approach to new-build offices. The double height reception space and glazed link above, break the building’s massing into two elements, preserving the fine local urban grain. Handmade Roman format bricks create a horizontal rhythm across the façade, reflecting the sturdy masonry characteristics of Clerkenwell's warehouses. The scheme has transformed the public realm on Turnmill Street, animating the ground floor level with undisrupted active frontages to the restaurant units, which extend beyond the opening hours of the offices into the evenings and throughout the weekend.. Speculative commercial architecture can be unforgiving but Turnmill demonstrates the idea that this typology can play an important civic role in the townscape.

Credits

Applicant

Piercy&Company

Architect

Piercy&Company

Client

Derwent London PLC

Main Contractor

McLaren Construction

Project Manager

Jackson Coles LLP

Services Engineer

AECOM (MEPH & Fire Engineer)

Structural Engineer

AKTII

Cost Consultant

AECOM

Sustainability Consultant

AECOM

Fa├žade Engineering

Montresor Partnership LLP

Planning Consultant

Gerald Eve

Specialist Lighting

Pritchard Themis Lighting Design

Other

Arup (Specialist Brickwork Consultant)

Transport Consultant

TTP Consulting

Access Consultant

David Bonnett Associates

CDMC

Jackson Coles LLP

Approved Building Control Inspector

MLM

Contractor's Architects

Veretec

Primary Use Class

Class B1 - Business