Known for their conservation and creative re-use of historic buildings, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has been appointed to develop the Farmiloe Building, a landmark Victorian building in the heart of London’s Clerkenwell. They will now draw up plans to transform the 40,000 sq ft building into a commercial development that is in keeping with one of the capital’s most vibrant areas, which also includes a new building that will substantially increase the amount of commercial space. These changes will help in making a significant architectural addition to St. John Street. More images and architects' description after the break.
The Farmiloe Building was commissioned by George Farmiloe & Sons, who appointed the architects, and completed in 1868. The building remained the base of the Farmiloe family’s leading bathroom furniture business until 1999 and has since been used as a set for films, TV and fashion design shows.
Tim Farmiloe from George Farmiloe & Sons said: “Feilden Clegg Bradley has an impressive track record of combining the sensitive and considered preservation of buildings with a rigorous approach to sustainability. We were particularly impressed by the practice’s thorough and thoughtful analysis of the site and look forward to working with them on the project.”
FCB Studio Leader Geoff Rich said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have won the competition to develop designs for the next phase in the life of the Farmiloe building. The existing site and buildings have a very special place in the lives of many people, and it will be a particular privilege to work for the site's present-day family guardians on the designs for the next chapter of its life story. Our response will combine careful respect for the historic fabric with a really exciting new layer as we think about the site's next 150 years."