2 June 2015
Mount Pleasant is a scheme to renovate three former 19th century warehouse buildings along Mount Pleasant and Warner Street. During the 1st world war these buildings were acquisitioned to provide air raid shelters from the zeppelin threat. The project also includes No.5 Rosebery Avenue, which was formerly The North London weights and measures office.
The warehouses had previously been amalgamated and converted to poor quality office space with planning then granted to extend upward. BuckleyGrayYeoman’s scheme strips away the later additions to reveal the buildings unique historical features such as original brickwork, cast iron rivet columns and timber ceilings with herringbone strutting.
Internally the finishes and design are industrial in aesthetic and work with the existing tone and texture of the building. BuckleyGrayYeoman successfully negotiated revised planning amending the consented scheme to provide a more sympathetic massing and design; this will be a lightweight glass and steel box taking advantages of the views from the roof across to St. Pauls and the Shard. Once completed the building will deliver around 24,000 sq. ft NIA of office space, 8 residential units and boutique retail space just a short walk from the new cross rail hub at Farringdon.
Work onsite began in November 2014 with completion due in November 2015. The major structural parts of the works to the office are almost complete including the installation of over 100 tonnes of new steel frame, which have been carefully craned in through openings in the existing building.