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A refurbishment of the world's largest purpose-designed music therapy centre for Nordoff Robbins, housed within a 19th century substation.
Exemplary therapy rooms and a fun material palette deliver an exciting new identity for the charity.
Kings Gate forms a pair of buildings on Victoria Street in Westminster, with its neighbour The Zig Zag Building. The scheme replaces an existing slab-like office building on Victoria Street in central London with two new buildings that incorporate a mix of retail, office space and housing. We won this project in an invited competition in Spring 2010, and gained planning consent in November 2011. The main contractor was Lend Lease and Practical Completion was achieved in Autumn 2015.
The existing building in which the offices are housed was over cladded with aluminium insulated panels to improve thermal efficiency. The rest of the warehouse was to be used for steel carpentry work and the assembly of components for hydraulic systems. A new canopy was erected to the east side of the main volume and was equipped with heavy duty cranes for the loading and unloading of large components from lorries and trucks.
With floorplates of an acre and ceiling heights up to four metres, maximising the flexibility of layouts and providing visual interest within these huge volumes were critical to our re-engineering of this under-used 1980s development.
Our solution sees the introduction of a 100-metre long ‘street’ in the heart of the building, providing pockets of space for waiting or meeting.