Location: 10 Back Hill, Clerkenwell, London. EC1
Site: Situated on a generously scaled cobbled street, the former 1930’s Daily Mirror printing press is currently used by Central St. Martins School of Art.
Stage: RIBA Stages A-C; Feasibility
Client: Urban Solutions
Proposed Use: Mixed Use - educational, retail, hotel, office and residential.
Proposed Area: 12894m2
Construction Value: c. £34.5m
The large built form defines the corner of the urban block; it is exposed on three sides. The existing building marks the turning point of a route that links both Farringdon Road and Clerkenwell Road. Brick piers form the main structure, setting up a rhythm of verticals. The structure is masonry and strong with light glass and steel infill. The south side of the site abuts a Grade II* Listed church.
The existing building is to be stripped back to its primary structure and reformed. The building is to be opened up to the surrounding public realm with new public uses at street level and below ground.
The brick structural piers provide a robust identity, a layer defining a continuous line to the edge of the site. Within this defined territory new public routes through the site are introduced, linking social uses at street level with a new sub-terrain and the wider urban context. A vertical streetscape is created within the deep plan form to introduce natural light and enhance internal legibility. A new roofscape is responsive to the available panoramic views of London.