Originally designed by Wallis Gilbert & Partners (designers of the iconic Hoover Building) as a HQ for GEC.
This listed Art Deco gem had fallen into significant disrepair and suffered a fire in key feature offices. Pre-existing industrial extensions were removed and replaced with a modern 100,000 sqft production / distribution unit. Following forensic studies of remaining elements, the offices were completely refurbished to a contemporary standard.
The Chancellors Hall is a heritage project based around the reinstatement of features and qualities lost during previous alterations. Included was the full restoration of an original early 20th Century graduation hall. The proposals return the auditorium to its formal glory by stripping out the defunct classrooms exposing the original volumes.
Included in the scheme was a new copper clad ground floor concierge and glazed lift core, deliberate modern interventions to contrast against the original architecture.