Turnmill is a 70,000 sq ft office building development in Clerkenwell.
Turnmill was originally built as stabling and storage for horse-drawn Hansom cabs, complete with spiral ramp inside, like a prototype multi-storey car park. More recently its cavernous basement was the long-time home of the famous 24-hour Turnmills nightclub. It stands at a key junction right by the upgraded Farringdon station where the new east-west Crossrail express line will meet the upgraded north-south Thameslink and Underground lines.
With its small, high windows and dark tortuous innards, the old building just did not lend itself to today's uses. Derwent London won planning permission for a new building with a lot of the sturdy masonry character of the old as it sweeps round the corner on to Clerkenwell Road.
The architects are Piercy & Co, who have achieved the trickof combining lightness - in the form of full-height windows - withsolidity, in the form of a frame clad in handmade Kolumba bricksfrom Denmark, very long and thin. The set-back ‘penthouse' roof level with its terraces, in contrast, opts for lightness. Architecturally the key entrance will be on Turnmill Street where the facade folds inwards to the entrance lobby. All in all 70,000 sq ft of office and studio space will be provided aimed at the creative industries of the Clerkenwell village. They should appreciate it: “The attention to detail has been phenomenal,” says Edward Sneddon, development manager.
2014 February - 12,300 sq ft retail available
2014 November - Offices and retail - 83% pre-let
Source: Derwent London www.derwentlondon.com February 2014
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