Our Projects

45 Whitfield Street

The works

The Thornton Partnership were pleased to be asked to collaborate on this distinctive modernist building refurbishment which included an in-depth strip out and full refurbishment to CAT A+ finish.

We were tasked with updating this 1970’s office building to meet the client’s modern vision and also providing facilities to fulfil the needs of today’s office city worker whilst enhancing the building’s historical character.

This full refurbishment was carried out over 4 floors including terraces and balconies, common areas including passenger lifts and stairwells and the transformation of the basement into new end of trip facilities.

A key design element of this project was the windows; the unique lozenge shaped windows with dark timber accents are a striking feature aligned to the original design period. These windows were refurbished and incorporated into the new space as reference to the building’s heritage, but also inspired the new high end bespoke joinery which was designed with the same rich timber and lozenge shaped aesthetics.

The Challenge

This project presented some logistical challenges. The works required a crane lift to install plant to the roof and the careful consideration had to be paid to the surrounding businesses and organisations, especially the adjacent homeless food kitchen.

Our Solution

Thorough and careful traffic management planning was implemented. We engaged a specialist and experienced lifting contractor to carry out the crane lift to ensure this lifting operation ran smoothly and with minimal disruption. Traffic movements to and from site were carefully managed to reduce issues with the surrounding businesses and organisations.

We also volunteered both time and resources to the the homeless food kitchen, helping with much needed building maintenance. As part of our company commitment to social responsibility we welcomed the opportunity to engage with such a worthy cause