Workspace Group

Pexhurst has completed another stunning refurbishment for longstanding clients - developer Workspace Group and project manager Malcolm Hollis.

Workspace provides business premises tailored to the needs of new and growing companies across London. The Group owns over 100 properties in the capital, providing 5.2 million square feet of space that is home to some 4,000 businesses employing more than 30,000 people.

One of these premises is the Biscuit Factory, part of the Tower Bridge Business Complex in up-and-coming Bermondsey, which consists of a collection of buildings that sprung up in the Victorian age when this area first developed as a major centre for food production.

Today, the buildings - many having great character - have been tastefully converted to suit media-style businesses seeking a central London location but offered at a fraction of the cost of the nearby City, West End or Canary Wharf districts.

In a tight 24-week programme of works, main contractor Pexhurst has completed office fit-outs on the site’s Mint Building and second floor of the K Block, and major refurbishment of the exterior of the block. Pexhurst has also created a new entrance for the K Block as part of the £1.1 million package of works and renovated the block’s common staircases.

On the second floor of K Block, Pexhurst has completely remodelled the existing space to create 15 separate offices/studios of varying size. In order for Workspace to accurately bill tenants, Pexhurst has supplied metering to each area. Communal kitchen and toilet areas have been provided.

Internal walls were shot blasted to expose the existing raw brick work and then sealed to create an industrial feel that harks back to the heritage of the building. Exposed M&E services and epoxy flooring complete the look, complemented by funky designer lighting and underfloor heating. K Block’s exterior has been totally renovated, along with the roof.

Pexhurst has restored the Mint Building to its former glory by demolishing the 1950s façade to expose the original arched framework. The space now incorporates new double-glazed openings and a dramatic double-height space surrounded by an open balustrade to provide clean, contemporary, elegant finishes within the office area. Pexhurst worked extremely hard to minimise disturbance for existing tenants during the contract: drilling work was strictly limited to two hours on/two hours off, with working times being 7.30-9.30 am and 12-2 pm.

Pexhurst has also successfully overcome severe space restrictions on the site and kept the programme on track to ensure that this was a factory that maintained maximum productivity!

Project manager

Malcolm Hollis

Architect

Ibbotson Architects

Location

The Biscuit Factory, London SE16

Value

£1.1 million

Programme

24 weeks


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