Two storey addition to refurbished offices
Bailey Total Building Envelope was pleased to add the finishing touch to the expansive refurbishment of Cayzer House, a tired 1980s building turned deluxe office space in Victoria, London. The multimillion-pound development of the building, designed by Chapman Architects, involved stripping it back to its concrete frame to allow for total refurbishment of the interior and exterior, with Bailey cladding a further two storeys.
The solution and approach
For this project, architects Chapman Architects were to create a headquarters that would reflect the history and occupational requirements of their client’s prominent company. Rather than simply modernising an older building, both the interior and exterior needed to convey something reminiscent of the client’s standing: bespoke and high-end. The removal of all services, finishes, fittings, external walls and roof coverings; stripping the building back to its bare bones, gave designers and architects free rein to create a space that met the client’s vision.
After having previous positive experiences with Bailey, Andrew Frankel, an architect from Chapman Waterworth, specified the Platinum Modular rainscreen system for the additional two storeys to top the office space. He said:
“Quality was of the utmost importance for this project that’s why we chose the cassette system from Bailey. The perfectly flat design of the Platinum Modular panelling gives the flawless, pared-down aesthetic we were after and still possesses a touch of elegance to match the high-end interior.”
Andrew knew that the cohesive nature of the rainscreen cladding would give the seamless look he and his team were after, so specified the panelled system with expressed joints. Although a contrast to the bricks below, the sleek design and bronze of the panelling doesn’t look out of place, instead the subtle colouring alludes to the luxurious CATB interior fitted within. For the finish, Andrew compared both the powder and anodised coating, eventually opting for the powdered option.
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