Situated within the heart of London’s West end, the original building was a seed merchants HQ back in 1915. From the outset the Grain house project contained a strong “retain and enhance” heritage essence which us and the architectural team at Barr Gazetas and JCLA were keen to include within our concept narrative.

Working closely with the architectural teams at both Barr Gazetas and JCLA, we developed a considered “less is more” architectural lighting scheme, which was focused on unveiling materiality to pay homage to the past, using integrated lighting treatments to encourage end users to explore and interact with the feature stair and landscape terraces. Most importantly creating spaces which encourage people to relax, take a break and experience wide panoramic views of London from the landlord communal terrace.

Due to its geographical location within a conservation area, the project had to go through a rigorous planning process which Hoare Lea supported and advised on throughout.

Sustainability was a key element during the design development. Hoare Lea provided detailed input and explanations to the Scotch and Partners sustainability team, contributing to the project’s achievements of BREEAM excellent, WELL Gold and Wiredscore Platinum accreditations.

As a side note, the Grain House project was designed and developed during the COVID lockdown periods. The end results and attention to detail at all stages demonstrate the level of quality that remote communication and collaboration from all parties can achieve fantastic end results.

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