Planning consent secured for new commercial building in Islington
1st February 2018
GPAD have 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.
Our 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 building 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 workspace 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”.
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