26 Red Lion Square
Client: Legal & General
This dominant and uncompromising 1980s building occupies a large part of the north side of Red Lion Square. It was partially occupied by media tenants when the refurbishment of the entrance, common parts and vacant floors was undertaken. An unappealing, inverted ziggurat entrance was replaced with a prominent projecting glazed pod which not only announces the entrance in a positive manner, creating a more welcoming element to the facade, but also adds valuable nett lettable area. The reception area was reconfigured and transformed from a dark, deep and awkward space to a bright and contemporary media aesthetic. Change of use consent was secured to alter poor-quality ground floor office accommodation to café use helping sustain the retail street frontages at the rear of the property and providing an on-site amenity and animated focal point at the end of the new reception area. Unused external roof space was converted into a new terrace, demised to the top-floor tenant, thereby adding further amenity and increasing rental value. All refurbished floors were successfully pre-let during construction.