Herbal House is an iconic former printworks located in the heart of creative Clerkenwell. Allied London, together with Aerium, the European real estate fund manager, and Buckley Gray Yeoman, has restored the historic building and created a place for modern industries to thrive. The building’s industrial majesty has been showcased by Wallpaper* magazine in a photographic representation of the space.
Wallpaper* has previously partnered with Allied London on creative concepts for London Road Fire Station in Manchester and covered our vision for St. John’s, Manchester’s newest city centre neighbourhood.
Herbal House is steeped in history and a space that has been the backdrop to many momentous occasions. The architecture dates back to 1928 when the Daily Mirror secured planning permission to build their new print works on the site of a former timber yard. During the Sixties, Holborn Studios took ownership. It was under their watch that the building played host to Michael Caine, Jack Nicholson and The Rolling Stones as they partook in seminal shoots of the photography ‘greats’, such as Donovan, Duffy and Lartigue.
Allied London developed the reception area in house. David Drews, Allied London’s Senior Associate Design Director, who led the project, explained that his inspiration for the space came from: “the ‘rough’ aesthetic of the building and an inspirational photographer from that era who I really like called Erwin Blumenfeld.”
David advised that the space focused on utilising existing machinery that was reclaimed from the building and that the design: “played with blackened steel silhouettes and different types of glass. It’s a real industrial deco scheme – we’ve taken an art deco motif and cast it in concrete and even used reclaimed iron printing cogs as tables.”
New tenants, Photobox group and IDEO design, will soon take up residency in the building to continue its creative traditions. Owned by Aerium, Herbal House provides a modern hub for London’s digital, design and creative businesses. Demand for workspace in Clerkenwell is high and projected to further increase with the arrival of Crossrail in 2018 at nearby Farringdon station.
To register your interest in workspace in the building, please contact Jeremy.Attfield@eu.jll.com.
For the latest updates about Herbal House, visit the website: http://www.herbalhouse.co.uk/