VATiT needed more office space due to expansion, and so acquired the 1st floor of a Victorian warehouse in West Hampstead. The building had recently gone through a Cat A refurbishment, and so required Woodhouse to deliver the Cat B office design and fitout.
The history behind the building
The historic building VATiT acquired greatly influenced the design itself. It was originally built as a horse-drawn omnibus depot, which stabled 204 horses. The high level windows were installed to give the horses some air whilst they waited. The back of the building still maintains the ramp which was used to lead the horses to their stables on the floor above. It has since been a music studio to the likes of Thin Lizzy, as well as a photography studio. To the exterior, the roof has the two original parapet signs; ‘LGOC’ and ‘1892’. This is the date when the London General Omnibus Company stables were built.
The finished space
The finished space presented a workplace that was full of character with a modern twist. Careful consideration was given to protect the fabric of the building. The partitioning and lighting layout were adjusted to facilitate the exposed ceiling. Suspended acoustic panels were installed to mitigate the sound impact of having exposed polished concrete flooring. Woodhouse’s designers chose to use crittall partitioning within the space, giving an open feel to an enclosed area. The overall colour scheme identifies with the brand, using feature tones and colours. The new workspace manages to complement and highlight the character of the building whilst also providing a modern and contemporary office for VATiT.
We chose Woodhouse because they had the best design aspect and presentation. Throughout the project they were very clean and organised which is very nice to see in construction. We needed to move quickly, and Woodhouse delivered that with prompt communication throughout.