The KodakThe Kodak


Client: Clearbell
Location: Holborn, London
Category: Workplace
Completed: 2023

Kodak House is a Grade II listed office building at the heart of Holborn. We carried out a complex ‘cut and carve’ refurbishment of the building to restore and preserve the historic features, while bringing the building up to modern workplace standards and high sustainability benchmarks. We have restored the original façade and the beautiful interior details, rebuilt the top two storeys and created flexible quality workspace, a new entrance and communal amenities.

Our major interventions to this historically important, early 20th century building include; creating a new entrance to reorientate the building towards a new public space, enlarging the reception and rationalising the building core, new communal amenities and commuter facilities. We rebuilt the top two mansard storeys in a complementary style to the original style and created a large new roof terrace with views across the city.

We’ve carried out the sensitive restoration of the original façade with new windows that resemble the original design and returned the first floor its original plan form, by restoring the marble columns, stairs and beautiful ceiling details and coving. To create the new entrance and reception area, we have removed some of the columns and exposed the historic steel beams. The refurbished office floors have been fitted out as open plan CAT B plug and play.

“It has been a privilege to work on a building of such historical significance, which, taking inspiration from the original purpose-built offices of Chicago, set the tone for a century of office building in London. Our refurbishment of The Kodak reinstates its street presence, restoring the building’s historic character whilst delivering a state-of-the art workspace that balances elegant design with a sense of fun.”

Jonathan Allwood, Director, Barr Gazetas


Kodak House was built in 1911 as the European headquarters of the Kodak Company, and is one of the earliest examples of a purpose-built office block in London.


The building is designed to achieve high sustainability benchmarks with WELL Gold and BREEAM Excellent.


Andrea Cottam

35 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BP +44(0) 20 7636 5581 Registered number: 03948400
© Barr Gazetas 2022

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