An indicative CGI view of Hoyler House

Planning approval granted for retrofit of Fleet Street’s Holyer House

This article is by Simon Marett

Simon is a director at LOM who specialises in workplace design. He has 30 years of professional experience working on commercial buildings, interior design projects and workplace roll-outs across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Proposals to refurbish and retrofit Holyer House at Red Lion Court in the sensitive Fleet Street Conservation Area have been approved by the City of London.

The offices are to be occupied by membership organisation Dentists’ Provident, which commissioned LOM architecture and design to give a new lease of life to the 1970s structure and transform its functionality.

LOM’s designs see the building structure retained, with an extensive reconfiguring of the interior as well as new cladding and glazing that will rejuvenate the façade’s appearance and performance.

The proposals will transform 5,600 sq ft of office space, carefully redesigning it to realise the full potential of the structure, improve the user experience, and enable the space to perform more effectively for occupiers.  The refurbishment will also enhance the building’s sustainability and energy efficiency via improved thermal performance and building services.  Retention of the existing structure will save approximately 175 tonnes of carbon when compared to an equivalently sized new-build.

LOM has designed the proposals for Holyer House with health and wellbeing in mind.  An extension at the roof level will allow access to a new outdoor terrace which will provide an attractive space for outdoor work, leisure and collaboration.  On the ground floor, bike storage and shower facilities will make it easier to cycle to work, encouraging sustainable travel for building users.

With plans approved, on-site work is scheduled to begin in early 2023, with completion expected late in the year.

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with LOM through the design phase of the new Holyer House. From day one the team understood our needs and the potential of the site, and the collaborative process as they developed the creative vision for the building was smooth and painless.”

Kirby Mardle, Chief Financial Officer at Dentists’ Provident

Simon Marett, Director at LOM architecture and design said: “We enthusiastically welcome The City of London’s decision at a time when it is vitally important to think creatively about getting the most out of our existing buildings.  A core driver for us at LOM is making spaces work harder for both people and the environment. 

“At Holyer House we are transforming how occupiers will be able to use this space and the quality of people’s workplace experience – extending the lifespan of this building and improving its appearance and functionality.  We look forward to works beginning on site and overseeing their progress as we help deliver a reimagined office that better suits our client’s needs and ways of working.”

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