4 storey extension to a Victorian wallpaper factory brings 21st Century working to West London

Barley Mow

October 2017
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Our remit for the Barley Mow Centre was to demolish a single storey shed, built in the 1970s, and replace it with a new 4 storey office building for leaders in the office rental market, Workspace. 

Located in Chiswick, in leafy West London, the original Victorian building adjacent to the new structure was once a wallpaper factory. This cultural heritage permeates the aesthetic for our design and find its way into key interior finishes within the building. Additional details like black OSB panelling and polished concrete floors bring the building up to date. 

Internally, an expanded café space and common areas creates opportunities for tenants to meet and share ideas, whilst a series of more traditional office spaces can accommodate companies of all sizes.

The site is completely landlocked, and overlooked from all sides, meaning our scheme needed to be sensitive to neighbours, planning constraints and construction methods. The 4 storeys of our extension step back at each level to create a series of landscaped terraces with green walls and roofs, minimising the visual impact of the building and creating much-needed green space for tenants.