Queen Elizabeth Street, Bermondsey

The refurbishment of an early 20th century warehouse building provides a new HQ for Hollybrook and penthouse apartments.

The original building dates from the 1900’s and is steel framed with a brick load bearing facade and is typical of the immediate surrounding area of Butler’s wharf. The refurbishment of this historic building at a prominent junction of Bermondsey Street provides two floors of office accommodation at the lower levels with six apartments above. The new build side extension provides the entrance and reception to the offices, together with a further two residential units above.

A new basement formed beneath both the new and existing building provides car parking and further ancillary floor area for the offices. To provide full accessibility to the raised entrance level dictated by the existing buildings floor levels, an external ‘retractable’’ platform lift was coordinated within the build-up of the entrance approach stair.

Burwell Architects have recently gained planning consent to create a two-storey roof extension to provide penthouse residential apartments. The proposed Corten curtain wall system forming the envelope of the roof structure will consist of transparent and opaque panels that will incorporate opening elements to provide purge ventilation. Louvres will be incorporated into the facade for both additional purge ventilation and the MVHR system.

Project Team

Delivery Architect and Penthouse Planning: Burwell Architects

Planning Architect: Blue Bottle Architecture + Design

Structure: Walsh Associates

Services: Desco

Main Contractor: Hollybrook

Project Data

Timeline: 2014-ongoing

Area: 3,180 sqm