45 Folgate Street is arranged over seven levels, comprising office space totalling almost 21,000sq.ft. The ground and lower ground floors enjoy their own entrance directly from the street, while the five upper floors are accessed through the main lobby, itself transformed beyond recognition. Elevated from its original dark place in an under croft, the reception now takes pride of place at street level with a generous treatment of glass and channelled reveals bordering the openings at ground and first floor levels.
Key to the building’s unique personality was the discovery during preliminary works of beautiful concrete coffered ceilings and the construction of a pitched roof above the original top floor to create a wonderful double-height work space. These have formed the architectural backbone of the remodelling, giving the office floors a true sense of individuality that recycles a quintessentially 80’s piece of design into one that is totally relevant today. ByrneLooby, through Sinclair Johnston & Partners, provided a full structural design service for this project including all retained and new structure.