The site itself is an amalgamated rear mews plot of two Protected Structures, with a frontage onto Montague Lane of c.15m. A lightwell between the historic Protected Structures onto Harcourt Street and the proposed modern offices is created.
A particular challenge of the project is the planning requirement to go no higher than the parapet level of the existing parent structure, thereby reducing available floor-to-floor dimension of the new office, within the proposed 4-level development. To allow for the maximum provision of internal ceiling height, careful ceiling service planning was undertaken to pre-empt tenant layout, insofar as was possible, and afford taller spaces in work zones, and dropped ceilings for air service distribution in circulation zones.
The external elevation to Montague Lane is a crispy detailed composition in basalt and glass, which steps down to meet the adjacent context and respect the vertical rhythm of the old lane.