Specialist CLT architect brought in after BGY won planning

Work is set to start this month on a six-storey building in Shoreditch designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects after the client replaced its original architect, Buckley Gray Yeoman (BGY).

BGY won consent for a timber-framed building on the site of a former warehouse in 2017 for the coworking space operator, The Office Group (TOG). BGY refurbished the warehouse for TOG in 2013.

But the practice was later dropped from the rebuild because TOG wanted a cross-laminated timber specialist, BD understands.

While Waugh Thistleton has not submitted a replacement planning application to Hackney council, it has amended Buckley Gray Yeoman’s scheme through a series of section 73 applications.

Over the last year the practice has rationalised the original design to make construction easier, and specified details such as the use of laminated veneer lumber for the frame and CLT slabs for the flooring.

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Buckley Gray Yeoman’s design, approved in 2017, for a new building with Crittall windows at 74 Rivington Street 

Waugh Thistleton also changed the building’s façade, replacing Buckley Gray Yeoman’s Crittall window design with glass curtain walls clad with timber louvres to prevent overheating. A pavilion which was set to adorn the roof has also been removed from the design.

The existing Victorian building, which will be dismantled this month, is a former warehouse used for drying timber and manufacturing furniture.

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At the time of the refurb, Buckley Gray Yeoman described the revamped building as “a highly recognisable landmark building that embodies the new ambition of the Shoreditch area”. 

TOG runs coworking spaces across the capital and has appointed practices including Stanton Williams, dMFK, Metropolitan Workshop, Soda and Archer Humphryes.

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The Victorian warehouse at 74 Rivington Street, revamped by Buckley Gray Yeoman in 2013, has been empty since August