Frederick’s Place

Frederick’s Place

Architect
John Robertson Architects
Location
City of London, London, UK | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Offices
Peter Cook
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Wall and floor porcelain tile - Design Industry, LE60 Raw Light RCeramiche Refin S.p.A.
Carpet to stairs – Herringbone, Ebony 8043Alternative Flooring
Reception timber floor – Domus Wood Collection, Herringbone Parquet, WDOP 048 Antique Glow, Mosaic wall tile to toilets – Rombini, DROM01 Losange Mosaic, Mosaic wall tile to toilets and kitchenettes – Keystones, Mosaic & Glass, DDK 617 MattDomus
WDOP 048 Antique Glow, Rombini, Keystones
Terrace planters, Terrace deckingKinley
Planterline Bespoke Planters, Terrafina
Raised floor system – Intercell low profile floor system, Carpet to offices – Composure collection, 4169020 Secure & 303007 TranscribeInterface
Composure collection
Internal glazed partition and door systemOptima Products Ltd
Optima 117 Plus Shoreditch Edition

Product Spec Sheet
Wall and floor porcelain tile - Design Industry, LE60 Raw Light R
Carpet to stairs – Herringbone, Ebony 8043
Reception timber floor – Domus Wood Collection, Herringbone Parquet, WDOP 048 Antique Glow, Mosaic wall tile to toilets – Rombini, DROM01 Losange Mosaic, Mosaic wall tile to toilets and kitchenettes – Keystones, Mosaic & Glass, DDK 617 Matt
WDOP 048 Antique Glow, Rombini, Keystones by Domus
Terrace planters, Terrace decking
Planterline Bespoke Planters, Terrafina by Kinley
Raised floor system – Intercell low profile floor system, Carpet to offices – Composure collection, 4169020 Secure & 303007 Transcribe
Composure collection by Interface
Internal glazed partition and door system
Optima 117 Plus Shoreditch Edition by Optima Products Ltd

Frederick’s Place

John Robertson Architects as Architects

John Robertson Architects (JRA) has completed the sensitive refurbishment and restoration of 1-3 and 7-8 Frederick’s Place, and 35 Old Jewry, as part of its master plan for the Mercers’ Company. JRA’s master plan – which provides a framework for the regeneration of the Mercers’ home estate next to their livery hall in The City of London – extends the economic life of the existing buildings through extensive renovation, updating them for contemporary office use.

 

The principal design strategies were to refurbish sensitively the listed (and non-listed) buildings, revitalise Frederick’s Place by incorporating different uses and improve and enrich the public realm. JRA’s work respects the character, quality and historic fabric of the buildings, several of which are Grade II listed.

 

Situated within the historic Guildhall conservation area in the heart of the City of London, this quiet 18th-century Georgian enclave forms an attractive cul-de-sac accessed from Old Jewry in the east and bounded by Cheapside and Becket House to the south and Ironmonger Lane to the west. The pedestrian thoroughfare of St Olave’s Court forms the northern boundary of the site.

 

Originally designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s, work began in 1775 and was completed in 1778. Frederick’s Place is one of the few surviving examples of speculative building in the City of London dating from this era – Nos. 2, 3, 7 and 8, together with 35 Old Jewry, are all Grade II listed.

 

Located in an area characterised by narrow streets and plot widths, and with few buildings exceeding six storeys, the site forms part of a rich tapestry of architectural styles that have gradually evolved within the area’s medieval street pattern.

 

Avoiding the need for significant structural alterations, JRA removed suspended ceilings, floors and kitchenettes at Nos. 1-3, creating a new office entrance and reception area via No. 3. Showers and lockers are provided at sub-basement level, while new, extended double-glazed windows maximise the provision of daylight into the office. Roof terraces on the first, fourth and fifth floors have been improved. JRA has also reinstated the entrance to No. 2, with a new bridge link spanning a lightwell.

 

JRA’s work at 7 & 8 Frederick’s Place and 35 Old Jewry brings these listed buildings back into commercial use, interconnecting them to provide a contemporary workplace and restoring the remaining Adam features within specific rooms.

 

Fireplaces with late 18th-century foliated mouldings have been retained and restored, as well as ceilings and cornices in the first floor Adam rooms. JRA has incorporated a new office entrance to No. 8, while upgrading an existing roof terrace to the rear of No. 7, creating a calm space where employees can relax.

 

The properties at 7, 8 and 35 were leased within a month of launching, demonstrating the strong demand for this type of historic workplace with modern City occupiers.

 

Material Used :
1. Domus – Reception timber floor – Domus Wood Collection, Herringbone Parquet, WDOP 048 Antique Glow
2. Domus – Mosaic wall tile to toilets – Rombini, DROM01 Losange Mosaic
3. Domus – Mosaic wall tile to toilets and kitchenettes – Keystones, Mosaic & Glass, DDK 617 Matt
4. Refin  – Wall and floor porcelain tile to corriddors, toilets & washrooms – Design Industry, LE60 Raw Light R
5. Compac – Wall quartz tile to toilets – Technological Quartz, Carrara
6. Interface – Raised floor system – Intercell low profile floor system
7. Interface – Carpet to offices – Composure collection, 4169020 Secure & 303007 Transcribe
8. Alternative Flooring – Carpet to stairs – Herringbone, Ebony 8043
9. DuPont – Vanity unit in toilets – Corian, Ice White
10. DeCastelli – Metal sheet lining to reception portals - M4 Ferro DeMarea, DeMarea Iron
11. Optima – Internal glazed partition and door system - Optima 117 plus Shoreditch Edition
12. Clestra – Interna glazed screen – Synchone P83
13. Kinley – Terrace planters – Planterline Bespoke Planters
14. Kinley – Terrace decking – Terraffina Excel Plain decking, Grey brown
15. Cemento – Reception Desk – Cimento Smooth, C05 Anthracite
16. Farrow & Ball – Paint to the lift shaft – 281 STIFFKEY BLUE
17. Rimex – Stainless steel wall lining to the reception – ColourTex, Mirror
18. Cameron Design House – Chandelier to the Adam Room – Bespoke Lahti chandelier, Brushed Brass

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