York House, 207 - 221 Pentonville Road
The Office Group
Environmental Engineering Partnership
Webb Yates Engineers
Our client, The Office Group, provides flexible workspaces in London, Leeds and Bristol, including private offices, co-working memberships, meeting rooms and event space hire. This is our third project to date with them.
Set back from Pentonville Road, York House had an uncommitted and anonymous presence. It had a complex facade but very small windows which, along with the tough engineering brick, gave it an unwelcoming appearance and a poorly lit interior.
The Office Group wanted to turn this foreboding 1980's office building in King’s Cross into a contemporary, bright, co-working space, suitable for London’s thriving & growing businesses. We worked alongside dMFK architects to bring this vision to life, achieving BREEAM Excellent.
The new ground floor front extension is approached through landscaped garden areas to the north and south and brings visitors into a generous co-working lounge with a cafe and meeting rooms. The interiors have a raw feel expressing the original concrete and new cross laminated timber structure.
We constructed a set forward, 5 storey entrance building comprising a double height entrance with offices above, as well as a set back roof extension and terrace.
Walking by, you can’t miss one of the main features: the lattice brickwork on the front of the building. Working with structural engineers Webb Yates & architect dMFK, we installed the front extension building as a structurally self-supporting perforate brick lattice. The lattice gives the building a very unique look, behind which sits a simple cross laminated timber structure and openable windows.