The Clockwork Building

A building that's stood the test of time

Richard Seifert is the architect behind London icons like CentrePoint, NatWest Tower and The Clockwork Building in Hammersmith. Once home to IBM precursor, the International Time Recording Company, The Clockwork Building has a whole lot of heritage within its walls. And the building still has more surprises to offer.

Project Details

Client
The Clockwork Building
Status
Complete
Location
London
Size
32,767
Type
Cat A

Clocks, copper and coffered ceilings

The Clockwork Building was an empty shell clad in tired brown brick before Thirdway arrived. With a brief to maximise usable space and create a long-lasting impression inside and out, we delivered almost 33,000 square feet of commercial spaceworthy of winning Best Refurbishment at the OAS Development Awards.

The building’s biggest design challenge is the compressed slab-to-slab height which requires a unique solution. When we unveiled coffers hidden by the suspended ceiling, inspiration struck twice:

1. An innovative light fitting installation uses the coffers to reflect light while also illuminating downwards for even, bright lighting across the floors

2.Ducting running through the coffers minimises the impact of building services like air, power and fire suppression.

Incorporating these solutions into one of the key heritage features simultaneously solves logistical challenges and creates a feeling of lightness under raised ceilings.

Making light work

The Clockwork Building’s enduring glazing design floods the floorplates in natural light. This abundant sunlight, supplemented by the coffer lighting solution, is one of the first things visitors notice inside.

A new extended glazed entrance directing natural light into the reception area onto the warm timber flooring offers a friendly welcome. The combination of worn timber, concrete columns and white walls creates a crisp, modern aesthetic that continues from the front entrance throughout all six floors.

From reception to the rooftop terrace, light is the inspirational feature guiding nearly every part of this ambitious transformation.

consistent copper branding

Copper is central to The Clockwork Building’s timeless branding. A large abstracted copper clock hanging behind the concrete reception desk is the first statement piece, subtly echoed by an edge-lit copper strip underneath the desk.

From there, copper continues as a fluid concept throughout the building. Thirdway and the client’s branding consultant wove a touch of copper into every room to underline the brand, subtly in some places and boldly in others. Light fittings, door handles, even showerheads: copper complements the white-and-concrete aesthetic in unexpected and exciting ways.

making a statement outside

The Clockwork Building has aged well since its construction in the 1970s. But a sleek black paint job, overhauled garden and refurbished roof terrace update the building to become a noticeable marker of modern London office design.

From the A4 corridor nearby, the striking silhouette is unmissable. And looking out from the generous communal rooftop terrace, the building occupants are provided with panoramic views over the Thames and London skyline.

The start of something new

The Clockwork Building began a conversation between us and the architects we collaborated with on the project. That conversation sparked an idea. That idea became anothe rThirdway company – Anomaly.

This project gave new life to a Hammersmith icon and created a venture that will continue to deliver inspired work for decades.

Thirdway were fantastic at interpreting our architectural concepts and suggesting ways they could be improved and enhanced, rather than just delivered or value-engineered like so many other contractors. Rameez and I particularly collaborated on a lot of the common parts areas and how the previously terrible entrance could become the welcoming and engaging space it is now. It must have been a positive relationship after all as it was the advent of the Anomaly story! ”
Liam Spencer, Founder, Anomaly

Project Team

Rameez Raja

Rameez Raja

Head of Design
Ben Gillam

Ben Gillam

CEO and Owner

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