Burd Haward Architects were appointed by the Crafts Council to remodel their HQ in central London. The existing building, a Grade II listed Methodist chapel, had had numerous unsympathetic internal alterations and it was difficult for staff and visitors to navigate and use.
We helped the Crafts Council rationalise and refine their brief, and considered and costed a number of options. Our proposals included a new public resource centre and library, reconfigured office space for 60 staff, and associated store, WC & kitchen facilites. The agreed scheme proposed stripping out the recent partitioning and cutting out sections of the floor plate to introduce natural ventilation and lighting. This helped improve legibility and the internal working environment, and revealed hidden qualities of the existing building fabric.
Client: The Crafts Council
Status: Scheme Design