Theobalds Road

Client | Fernglen Properties
Location | Bloomsbury, London
Size | 25,000 sqft
Sector | Commercial Office and Private Residential
Status | On Site

12-22 Theobald’s Road is the complete refurbishment of six Grade II listed Georgian terraced houses that were built c.1750 and are situated in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. The 21,000sqft of internal area is spread across ground, lower ground and three upper floors. A refurbishment in 1989 turned no.12-18 into a tired commercial office space and no.20-22 into student accommodation that has not fully respected the original heritage features.

Our proposal intends to retain B1 Office use throughout no.12-18 and transform the space into a high-end commercial space for The Boutique Workplace Company to occupy. No.20-22 will house four private apartments in each building, each with their own character and aesthetic that celebrates the host Georgian architecture. The design for both the office and residential townhouses aims to be more sympathetic towards the building whilst enhancing aspects of it through contemporary, high quality finishes.

Externally, all six buildings share a rear courtyard, also to be refurbished through soft landscaping and geometric tiles. The external facades are being cleaned and brought back to their original aesthetic. Re-painted timber sash windows, front panelled doors and repointed brickwork, brass detailing and hanging baskets complete the exterior approach to the building.

Internally, the interplay between the original character of the building and contemporary features continues. The original Georgian cornice details and marble fireplaces have been retained throughout and highlighted with discreet lighting and servicing details. The lath and plaster ceilings have been retained and repaired where necessary. The new floors mirror this approach in herringbone timber, geometric tiles and dark carpets which compliment the typical Georgian palette. We have worked closely with Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture to ensure the design throughout is celebrating the Grade II listed features.

In the common parts, the original stone staircase with an intricate metal balustrade present in both no.16 and no.20 has been accented with warm timber panelling details and contemporary lighting. For no.12-18, the WC design pays playful homage to the Georgian heritage once again by using feature tiling across the building. Break out areas contrast traditional style kitchens with mid-century modern furniture and upholstery.

No.20-22 includes multiple high-end joinery elements, in particular a free-standing kitchen and bathroom ‘pod’ in the one bedroom apartments which does not harm the historic fabric of the buildings and creates a unique feature that can be seen as a bespoke furniture piece when closed.

The project started on site in April 2019 and is due for completion in March 2020.