Bermondsey Street, London SE1
Woolyard is a fusion of new and historic buildings designed by us for GPE. A series of planning permissions unlocked the potential of a complex site. The two courtyards address the historic grain and 20th century context. The warehouses of Gaitskill’s distillery and a merino wool importer had been linked as a warren of stairs and corridors. We demolished structures of no merit, took back retained interiors to their original form, aligned floor levels and inserted new buildings. The re-development was carried out across three separate contracts to suit continuous tenant occupancies. A new Bermondsey Street building is a counterpart to the Wool Hall, with each flanking the distillery gate. A four-storey office building at the end of the yard makes a new Hardwidge Street frontage. New buildings are fair-faced concrete internally, stock brick and steel windows externally. All are accessed from Woolyard, restored with granite setts and enclosed with new railings.