Herbal Hill is the targeted upgrade of a 20 year old office building in Clerkenwell, using the circular economy model and principles of demountability and deconstruction.
HUT was briefed to overhaul the existing seven storey office building to provide high quality end of journey facilities, flexible office space and new rooftop amenity. Over its lifespan, the building is likely to be occupied by multiple tenants with differing lease terms and requirements. HUT approached the commercially driven project by first understanding the market demands, speculative occupier requirements and likely lease duration through early agent engagement. Once known, we focussed our attention on the design elements that are typically discarded during a tenant change over. We consciously designed components that provided opportunity for adaption and careful removal for reuse or future repairs, all of which aim to reduce the typical waste associated with a tenant fit out. A fully demountable ceiling allows for non-destructive maintenance and replacement of all plant within office spaces. Lighting product specification is low energy, Bluetooth controlled to allow for ‘plug in and play’ installation and end user adaptability. Mechanical fixings are specified and all plumbed in elements are accessed via easily removable panels or via raised access flooring.
This project demonstrates successful collaborative working across disciplines to design and detail a building that gives equal consideration to the carbon cost of the deconstruction process as it does to the construction process.
Out to Tender