Journey from tired asset to a place to be proud of – Ashton House

Ashton House

Working closely with the asset manager and commercial property agents to design and refurbish Ashton House into a lettable space.

The journey began in 2014 with the acquisition of Ashton House & Norfolk House by the current owner.  Cue a period of concept development with a well contested debate about whether to design for an industrial look to take advantage of the characterful waffle slab, or make it in keeping with the more traditional local market.  Ultimately a “best of both” solution won the day.

To achieve Grade A offices, we removed 300 tons of floor screed from this occupied building, allowing us to install a raised access floor, avoiding undesirable lobbies and ramps, as part of a comprehensive refurbishment on the 3rd floor.  The end result:  daylight from the continuous ribbon windows lighting up a strikingly clean Cat A interior, showing off the 20,000 sq ft floorplate to perfection.  A new reception, with bike and shower hub inserted into an unloved storage space completed phase 1.  The case study for Phase 1 can be viewed here: Ashton House Cat A Refurbishment

We rung the changes on the 2nd floor, opting to leave the waffle ceiling soffit exposed in its raw state, for volume and interest, a cork floor and splashes of colour in the furnishing adding warmth.  One third of this floor has been fitted out as a marketing suite to show occupiers what can be achieved.  The building now caters for all tastes, this young, raw environment contrasting with the mature corporate space on the 3rd.  The case study for the 2nd floor can be viewed here: Ashton House Marketing Suite

Retrofitting a contemporary café, opening up the reception and creating visibility through to the rear gardens has transformed the ground floor entrance and made a pleasing connection between inside and out.  The case study for the communal area can be viewed here: Ashton House Café

Fitting out the offices to Cat B for incoming tenants is proving a rewarding experience to see the space realise its potential as this rather tired but attractive/valuable asset is revived back to life.  The case study for the Cat B fitout can be viewed here: Bluefin Cat B Fitout @ Ashton House

If you have a tired asset and would like some ideas on how to rejuvenate it, please contact Daniel Byne on 01707 255 300 or daniel.byne@woodhouseworkspace.com