No 2 London Bridge London SE1

Following the success of our St Swithin’s Lane project, LaSalle Investment Management brought The Vawdrey House in again to refurbish the reception and atrium of another of their portfolio, a Grade II listed building on London Bridge.

The listed façade is a strong feature on the bridge, with the popular London Grind restaurant occupying one half, but the heritage feel did not extend inside and the previous office reception was feeling tired.

LaSalle saw the potential being wasted in the huge space, within a stones throw of Borough Market, and asked us to overhaul the interior and entrance to give it a presence more suited to the location, and to sit alongside the newly refurbished tenanted floors on the river side of the building.

Previously clad from top to toe in limestone, the space was huge and although the atrium was top lit with daylight, the actual reception area, set below the office floors above, felt much darker by contrast, and lacked atmosphere.

Without any structural changes, we have totally reimagined the space, giving it a dramatic and opulent feel, with a nod to the historic façade outside.

On entering, the doors have been refurbished with black framework and new signage externally, teamed with a new set of full height sliding steel-framed Jansen inner doors, referencing the fenestration design of the original sash windows outside. The new lobby created within, is painted in deep blue-black paint and punctuated with bronze railroad lanterns.

A hint of the Orient Express pervades the reception desk with its high gloss panelling, Carrara marble counter top and dramatic brass overhead framework. Tan leather banquette seating, with little marble bistro tables, offers visitors a place to perch while waiting or taking calls, beneath the soft glow of Tom Dixon wall lights and backed by a smoky duck-egg blue panelled wall.

The main lounge area is luxuriously enveloped within a ‘booth’ of rust linen drapery. Candy coloured velvet chairs nestle on liquorice striped circular rug. This creates a cosy seating area within this cavernous space.

The curved wall has been given a smooth coat of polished concrete providing a suede-rich backdrop to the pops of colour.

The atrium, once bland and distant, now reaches out to you as you enter – with rich inky blue painted panelling. A bespoke semi-circular panel detail provides another nod to exotic travel with a slight Art Deco vibe. Black and white floor tiles work with the liquorice rug and rustic oak planks to break up the large floor space into distinct zones. With the fabulous concentric squares design in the atrium providing striking impact when viewed from all the way up the building.

Bespoke manifestations on the atrium glazing echo the semi-circular panelling design, and bespoke laser cut brass signage completes the exclusive feel.

The new reception and atrium brilliantly connect the historic listed facade of this prime location building to its contemporary CAT A floors fronting the river. Providing a portal from old to new, these spaces offer more than just a transition, they have become a setting in their own right.

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The Vawdrey House is a multi-award winning RIBA Chartered Practice which offers a dynamic combination of bespoke design, strategic thinking and creative flair. We bring both architecture and interior design together to create unique, beautiful spaces which work for you from the inside out.

Our clients are always at the heart of our ‘top to toe’ design approach.

We work closely with you from the outset, leading you through the design stages, providing support at each stage and following everything through so that even the smallest details are considered and refined.

This is what we believe makes a great design even better.

Whether for a refurbishment or new build; a residential or commercial space, we take the time to get to know you, understand your requirements, and find clever, exciting solutions to your brief.

Our design-led, holistic approach means we always asses how the whole building works and how it is used. We explore functional and layout changes to improve the way the spaces work together. We design the exterior architecture, internal layouts and all the interior design right down to the lighting, fittings, furniture and accessories.

Working across London, the South East and beyond, we have a wealth of experience working with complex sites and period buildings with heritage protection. We approach each project with a combination of creative vision and sensitive pragmatism; always searching to get the very best from a building.

Directors Jennifer Hamilton, Graeme Montague and Ian Chapman have a combined experience in the industry of nearly 70 years. Together with our strong, enthusiastic team of architects and designers, we bring an invaluable level of professionalism and creativity to the design and management of your project.

The Vawdrey House has an exciting portfolio of inspiring spaces and happy clients. We are passionate about what we do and most of all, want you to love it too.

Close affiliations with brand consultants plus graphic and web design teams mean we can also provide a fully coordinated scheme for your retail or business space, down to website, menus or signage, whatever is required.

We work closely with you throughout, following everything through to the smallest detail, and helping you through the process.

We are design-led, and like to review the way the whole building works, understanding how you use the spaces and suggesting functional and layout changes to improve the way the spaces work together. We design the exterior architecture, the internal layouts and all the interior design and fittings, right down to furniture and accessories.

We progress the design in stages, working up the outline usually with a multitude of options in the first instance, then gradually firm up the scheme as you clarify which direction you want to go in.

Once we have the overall scheme in place we work into the detail and start to specify every element, ending in a production package incorporating everything you need to tender and construct the project.

We can also manage the entire process for you, putting together the project team, gaining planning consent and party wall awards, finding contractors, tendering the works, managing the building contract and monitoring the works on site.

We stick with you to the end, ensuring all snagging is resolved, and produce a completion pack with all necessary certificates, guarantees, maintenance and supplier contact info so you have everything in one place.

Have a browse through our latest projects and see the end results!

Contact us

The Vawdrey House Ltd Freshmill, 16 Bridge Rd Haywards Heath, RH16 1UA
A RIBA Chartered Practice
01444 702094