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.