Back to basement basics
The basement was given a new lease of life as a smart space for staff to relax in. Our first job was to remove traces of the nightclub ready for its more low-key use, although we retained the social feel. We fitted a new open plan kitchen with a breakfast bar; created a lounge area; prepared an exposed brick wall before installing a wall-mounted screen; put in bike racks and showers, and divided the space to create a meeting room.
Stepping into a style statement
The ground floor is where our design flair really came into its own. With high-net-worth clients to impress, the reception had to make a bold statement. A bespoke desk was paired with a matching wood slat installation, complemented by walls covered with Armourcoat KonCrete polished plaster for a subtle textured effect, copper pendant lights and a durable porcelain tile floor.
We took the copper theme and applied this to the existing spiral staircase. Presented to MPL in fire engine red, we had the metalwork re-powder coated, with the fret-cut panels now in a soft copper shade and the handrail in classic black. Completing the ground floor is an open-plan office, a new boardroom and a client waiting room, complete with drinks fridge, teal-coloured sofas and more copper-themed feature lighting.
Take it to the top
As with many old residential buildings, there were quirks and characters to contend with. At this location, we devised a top-floor design that would work with the sloping ceilings. Space was customised to house private offices for PD Financial’s partners, using glass partitions custom-cut to the exact dimensions, with free floor areas to accommodate supporting staff and storage units.
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