Graham to revamp General Projects’ former printing press in London

WCN Editorial Team 23 Apr 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based construction company Graham has secured a contract from General Projects to refurbish Laser House, a former printing press and gin distillery in Clerkenwell, London.

Located near the Barbican, Laser House will be refurbished to provide nearly 88,000ft² of office floor space across ground and four upper floors. The ground floor can accommodate nearly four small and medium starter units.

The refurbishment will include only partial demolition of the structure and the building will remain intact largely. Construction will include extensions to the existing building fronting Goswell Road and Pear Tree Street with plant enclosures above will take place.

Other works such as external alterations to the facades, windows, doors, improvements and upgrades to the office accommodation internally, providing cycle storage, shower and changing facilities, waste and recycling facilities in addition to updated access arrangements and ancillary works will take place at the building.

Graham London office director Rob Joyce said: “We’re excited to be working with General Projects who have an excellent reputation for repurposing sites with heritage and bringing them back to use while supporting the wider community.

“This development will provide essential space to the increasing number of businesses based in the borough and we have the best team in place to take this project through to completion when we start on site later this year.”

The site is touted to have undergone incremental development over several generations, which result in a character different from the surrounding environment growing into a mixed commercial/ residential setting.

The redevelopment is expected to repurpose the site from its original 1960s uses into a versatile, modern space, which can be occupied by multiple tenants.

General Projects founder and CEO Jacob Loftus said: “We’re delighted to be working with GRAHAM to deliver this sustainable-led re-use project. The innovative use of cross-laminated timber and recycled bricks will establish a new benchmark in the responsible reinvention of buildings.”


Artist’s rendering of General Projects’ refurbished building. (Credit: GRAHAM Group.)

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