Constructed in the late 1950s for office use, 49 – 59 Old Street was formerly home to the Post Office and spans seven storeys plus a basement. It is flanked either side by two single storey retail / restaurant units. Building on a long-standing relationship, Islington Borough Council appointed us to refurbish the property into high-specification office space. The aim was
to maximise the building’s rental potential in an area of Islington that has become a hub for the creative industries.
Our demolition works included the removals of all existing partition walls including all fixtures and fittings, floor coverings, entrance matting and sanitaryware. We then made good to plasterwork and finishes to all remaining columns and partition walls.
The brick facing façade was repaired and the interior reconfigured and refurbished to provide a total of 18,823 sq. ft. of office space. Floors one to six each comprise two self-contained offices and the parquet flooring has been restored throughout. Part of the ground floor has been constructed to allow for light industrial use. A new improved lobby has been created to mirror the building’s original design with oak panelling and Swedish-designed Bolon flooring.
The project also included the construction of two new roof terraces on the first floor with timber decking and glazed balustrades. A further roof terrace was created, providing views over the London skyline. This required the construction of a new lift, staircase and a kitchen area. Our works were carefully sequenced to accommodate for our site being located in a very busy, inner city environment.