Octavia House is an office block in Islington that its owner, Columbia Threadneedle, decided could benefit from a makeover to enhance the value of the building. The client wanted a smarter, more appealing façade, improved DDA access, a refreshed interior and revamped shared space.
The project involved a Cat A ft-out for two stories, including a new basement shower block. Challenges included the need to provide a temporary entrance for existing tenants and keep all systems live throughout the works for security reasons.
Area worked closely with Project Manager Malcolm Hollis, letting agent Colliers International and the client to ensure the proposed changes would maximise profit potential. The team completely replaced with new the front elevation windows to the ground, first and second ﬂoors and redecorated all of the external elevations. Also, the façade was improved by levelling the access into the building, removing three steps, and installing new windows to let in more light. A temporary entrance was created within the existing loading bay, accessible to all users.
Inside we stripped the space, taking out slab ﬂoors and ceilings and removing a platform lift. The reception area was expanded, its dated décor replaced with a clean contemporary design in neutral colours. We exposed all the ceilings, installed metal ﬂoors, refurbished the washrooms, added new showers and two disabled toilets, and revamped all mechanical plants. A discreet Sesame lift was installed to ensure access for those with disabilities.
This was all completed out of hours meaning it was important to update and liaise with the tenants every week to ensure it was all in hand with no complaints. The overall eﬀect is bright and fresh, with new carpets, planting and feature lighting adding character
‘We’re particularly pleased with the new, impressive reception, with its feature lighting and new staircase that had to be cast oﬀsite. It incorporates a new ‘secret’ lift for people with disabilities that emerges from the ground – an ingenious solution.’
- Tony Wilson, Contracts Manager, Area