St Katharine Docks is a former commercial wharf constructed in 1827 and is now a mixed-use district in the heart of London.
The original docks were heavily bomb damaged during the Second World War. All the warehouses around the eastern basin were destroyed, and the site they had occupied remained derelict until the 1980s.
Devon House was built in 1989 in the southeast corner of the wharves, with the building language echoing the historic dock-side warehouses it replaced. It provided 90,000sqft of office accommodation in a stunning riverside location overlooking Tower Bridge, one of London’s best know landmarks.
At the turn of the century, Devon House was reaching the end of its first occupant cycle, so thought was given to its future. New buildings and alternative uses were considered but rather than adopt a linear approach to re-development it was evident that the building merited a more circular approach.
Stiff+Trevillion were commissioned to develop designs focused on re-use, addressing some of the failings of the original building whilst maximising the potential of the existing structure, form and systems to provide a sustainable workplace for the next 15 - 20 years of occupation.
The 6-storey building was extended to provide 8,688 sqm (93,517 sqft) B1 NIA whilst increasing occupational density to 1 per 8m2 including significant levels of internal and external amenity space.
Material Used :
1. Salt+ Pegram - Reception Furniture
2. Havwoods - Reception floor and wall - Douglas Fir
3. Pentagon Tiles
4. Grestec Tiles
5. Maxwood Washrooms - WC and shower cubicles
6. Atrium - modluar lighting
7. Flos Lighting
8. Envirobuild Decking - Terraces