Gray's Inn

Gray's Inn

The refurbishment of 19-21 High Holborn is an important project for The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. The proposals will reinforce the Inn’s presence on High Holborn by sensitively restoring and upgrading the original entrance gateway into the Inn and improving the appearance and environmental performance of the 1960s structure adjacent.

Client

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

Location 

Holborn, London 

Size

3,400m2 

Construction Value 

£8.5m

Dates

2016–2019

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The office and retail facilities in the current building are wholly inadequate and in need of modification. The refurbishment of 19-21 High Holborn will bring the building up to current standards and allow it to continue to support one of the primary functions of the Inn, providing high-quality office and chambers space along with improved porters’ accommodation. 

The proposals are respectful of the setting of Gray’s Inn and the Bloomsbury Conservation Area and will significantly improve both the appearance of the current building and enhance the setting of the Conservation Area.The existing character and facades of the Grade II Listed No 21 will be retained, with key improvements sensitively made to the appearance and thermal efficiency of the building fabric. The facade of No.19 High Holborn will be replaced in its entirety with a modern energy efficient building envelope.

To the rear of the building an existing four storey brick addition will be removed and a new six-storey extension inserted in its place. Improved landscaping will transform the pedestrian experience of the rear ‘Paddock’ and significantly enhance the historic gateway to the Inn.

The proposed designs are both sympathetic to the historic setting in the Inn whilst at the same time responding to the busy, urban environment of High Holborn.

 

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