Clifton House Workspace — London

Dorrington plc

Open Contracts / Max Fordham / 3C Shared Services / Maddison Graphic / Jane-lee Palmer & Keir Ralph

5th studio have been working on the transformation of Clifton House, in Finsbury Park to deliver new coworking space.

The project has involved the complete replanning of what were a series of rather dowdy offices on the first floor of the building to create a contemporary workspace which allows future flexibility: allowing future subdivision for separate drop-in, shared, or private office spaces. All services have been replaced and the building’s fabric has been selectively exposed to create a characterful sequence of spaces.

Externally the stock brick facades have been painted black, alongside a mural around the principal entrance designed by Maddison Graphic and executed by Jane-lee Palmer and Keir Ralph, creating a strong presence on the street. This graphic presence continues inside framing the entrance sequence to the workspace and creating a bold identity.

The workspace is now nearing completion and will be launched soon under the name 'The Coalface’, referencing the former railway coal depot that once occupied the site.

View of the workspace reception

View from Wells Terrace of the building's external transformation

View testing the mural's design and its transition into the internal spaces

View investigating the entrance sequence into the building

The central breakout space forms the social centre of the workspace

Progress onsite with the construction of the new coworkspace



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