Black Bull Yard

This facade retention and new build project references the jewellery crafting heritage of the site, with optimised views of the city and an injection of a luxury industrial aesthetic.


18-26 Hatton Wall, EC1N






7 Houses, 2 Flats + 10,000sqft office building



The Black Bull Yard scheme has renovated a formerly dilapidated office conversion, into a successful mixed-use scheme. The scheme consists of three independent jewellery workshops, 25,000sqft of commercial office space and seven luxury apartments, all exposing the industrial fabric of the existing building alongside the new brass cladding system. Each function has a dedicated entrance and circulation route, maintaining privacy, whilst the shared service routes combine to create a building which is more efficient than the sum of its parts.


The flats have large wrap-around terraces which offer the opportunity for greening whilst maintaining an element of privacy. Cantilevered balconies, perforated cladding and large oriel windows frame views of the city. The site’s industrial past is referenced through the material selection and details such as the zinc cladding, taps and door handles.

Clerkenwell has been a historic centre for London’s artisan crafts, most notably jewellery, watch-making and the diamond trade. Our concept for the Black Bull Yard scheme has been to evoke the principles of high-quality materials, precision engineering and bespoke design, alongside the patina of the existing buildings.

This concept of old and new continues with the materiality of the apartments, presenting an industrial feel with fixtures and fittings reflective of its prospective inhabitants. Like the architectural design, the new materials being introduced are highly refined, representing the history of the site as a place of bespoke industrial design and fabrication, such as solid milled brass bathroom taps that sit on rough slate grey tiles, providing continuity with the engineering brass cladding sitting alongside the patchwork existing brick façade.

In 2018 the project was shortlisted for the London Evening Standard New Homes Awards in the Best Small Development category and for an FX Interior Design Award.

We wanted to reflect the industrial heritage of the site as well as provide a haven from the working day with a planted courtyard and balconies maximising the views of the London skyline.

The resulting scheme clearly contrasts old and new, celebrating the history of the area whilst enhancing its heritage with a contemporary space.

Ground Floor Plan

Third Floor Plan

Forth Floor Plan

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