Barr Gazetas - Award Winning London Architect

8 Bedford Park Croydon

This complex refurbishment in Croydon for M&G Real Estate provides high quality office space with a sculptural new entrance and landscaping

In Numbers

  • 1 New Entrance off Sydenham Road
  • 50m2 Exposed waffle soffit
  • 7 New Trees
  • 2,300ft2 additional public realm
  • 52,000ft2 exemplary CAT A floor space

About 8 Bedford Park

Completed in October 2016, 8 Bedford Park is a 52,000 ft² CAT A office refurbishment undertaken for M&G Real Estate. Located in Croydon the building has been comprehensively refurbished and extended providing high quality office accommodation that was pre-let to Superdrug® as a single lease.

The previous entrance was set back from the street and hidden from view. A key driver for this project was relocating the entrance to Sydenham Road giving it greater visibility and street presence. This contemporary addition to the building is a dramatic visual contrast to the existing 1980s architecture. Designed to draw visitors in from the street the entrance includes black anodised metal fins, with integrated lighting, that create its sculptural form. The Sydenham Road elevation was then further enhanced with new hard and soft landscaping.

The project team was tasked with introducing air conditioning to the building which was previously naturally ventilated by openable windows. In order to maximise ceiling heights a central bulkhead spine was introduced with perimeter fan coil units. Large areas of plasterboard ceiling with linear light fittings provide a clean and crisp aesthetic.

The cores contain new WCs at each level with ground floor shower facilities and cycle parking. The reception features an exposed concrete waffle ceiling creating a feature of the building’s structure.

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