As part of CAT A and CAT B works, IOR responded to the brief to refurbish, repurpose and consolidate 106 Borough High Street which was fully occupied by the RCOT (Royal College of Occupational Therapists) to a shared offering whereby the RCOT stay in situ but down scale and enable Knowlemore (Managed service office provider) to lease out floors 1-4 with shared facilities including meeting rooms, coffee bar, pods, reception, cycle entrance and storage, new showers and WC’s on the ground floor.
The 1960’s brick faced building is where IOR drew inspiration from to provide the a new lease of life, rejuvenate and modernise externally and internally. 60’s inspired classic architecture with a modern twist gives the space a very distinct feel, understated but unique from a crowded arena of serviced office spaces. Ceramic tiles create a feeling of external courtyard space in the reception and front of house shared area, reminiscent of the finishes associated with the Barbican. Balancing hard finishes with soft, textures, planting and classic furniture pieces paved the way to create a mature and sophisticated feel. The retro inspired veneer panelling provides a clean back drop to kiln fired ceramic tiled coffee bar, again playing on contrast.
The RCOT space reflects a clever inclusion of reuse and new features that align with their brand identity whereas the upper floors, ready for incoming tenants provide good quality CAT A finishes and tea point that showcase the original coffered ceiling with modern mechanical FCU’s and lighting.
Responding to growing tenant needs for cyclists with greater shower and WC facilities the cores were extended and remodelled to provide modern facilities.