Graham wins £25m former reggae record HQ revamp

Aaron Morby 2 weeks ago
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Graham construction has won the £25m Phase 2 redevelopment of the old The Gramophone Works, a new commercial campus in Kensal Rise, London.

Once home to Saga Records and at the forefront of London’s reggae scene, the buildings are being developed by Resolution Property to create 85,000 sq ft of contemporary workspace by the Grand Union Canal.

Phase one of the redevelopment, which has completed, featured 20,000 sq ft overhaul of connected offices.

As part of the second phase, Graham build a four-storey light-weight timber frame extension above the existing main building to deliver an extra 65,000 sq ft of workspace across five floors, with some of the upper offices benefitting from 6,500 sq ft of rooftop access space.

The existing building was originally constructed to be extended upwards over years as the original owner’s wallpaper
and paint business grew. In order to facilitate this a heavily engineered structure was constructed with column stubs
protruding from the roof as well as two 5 storey circulation towers.

The project seeks to finally fulfill the ambitions of the original developer by retaining the existing structure and
using it as the foundation to extend upwards to maximise the site’s commercial potential.

Mechanical and engineering works include the installation of a new plant including a generator room and sub-station. Internally, new suspended ceiling lights and heating and cooling systems will be fitted throughout.

Rob Joyce, Graham’s London office director, added: “Our aim is to create a modern, fit-for-purpose facility that offers a real ‘London Village’ community feel.”

Works are now due to start on the 120-week programme.

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