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earlearchitects practice brochure

libraries and offices

Contents Libraries: Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives Franklin Wilkins Library

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Offices: 2 Humber Quays Sherborne House 105 Ladbroke Grove SARM Yard, The Westway Centre 80-85 Strand Chenies Street, Project Belvedere Chenies Street 20 Chapel Street 60 New Broad Street 7 Soho Square GHD 26 Soho Square 77 Leadenhall Street 20 Fulham Broadway

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About us Earle Architects is an award winning practice based in Hackney, East London. Since setting up in 2003 we have established a reputation for innovation, attention to detail and value-for-money design. As a chartered practice with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) our clients can expect the highest level of excellence in design and professional services. We explore imaginative design solutions and we enjoy working closely with clients and fellow consultants to produce elegant, well-conceived and well-detailed buildings. We are passionate about the environment and are supports of the RIBA’s Retrofirst campaign. Our experience spans sectors including commercial, residential, public buildings, education institutions and landscape. This brochure showcases a selection of our libraries and office projects.

“Earle Architects were able to help us navigate swiftly through the myriad planning and listed building processes, and their help through to final handover was key in realising this important project on time and in budget.”

“Earle Architects have produced an imaginative design which meets all our requirements. The team have been proactive and accommodating.”


“The design of the building is intrinsic to the delivry of good services to young people at Depaul. Those visiting Sherborne House never fail to appreciate the principles of PIE and quality in the design, and how the building works as a place of change for the young people in need of our services.”

“From start to end, the team have been flexible, dedicated and highly innovative. A highly imaginative approach has resulted in a solution which exceeded our initial expectations of what could be achieved.” Surrey Square School

London Borough of Hackney

Depaul UK

Contact: Earle Architects 7a Sylvester Road London E8 1EP Tel: +44 (0) 20 8525 5902 Email: info@earlearchitects.com Web: www.earlearchitects.com Earle Architects is an equal opportunities employer.

Clients: ART Property Development Aylesbury NDC / Creation Trust BPP Construction Consultants BMG Music Publishing Borough Council of Wellingborough BCD Travel Chelsea Football Club Chelsea Village PLC Cineworld Cinemas Cityscreen Consolidated Developments Ltd Consolidated Property Corporation Ltd Crown Golf Depaul UK finnCap Football Foundation Generation Estates Ltd Genesis Housing GHD Grayshott Hall Health Retreat Harbert Management Corporation Hurst House Hyde Housing Institut Français Kingston University Kraman Ltd Lensbury Club London Borough of Hackney London Borough of Southwark Manor Gardens Welfare Trust Minerva PLC Mouchel Parkman PLC Oxford University Picturehouse Cinemas Queens crescent Communal Assets Quinn (London) Ltd Sarm Music Village Sony BMG St. Mungos Surrey Square School Tripadvisor Thames Reach Trevor Horn University of Surrey Wainbridge Ltd Z Hotels

Libraries and Offices

Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives


Client: LB of Hackney Location: Dalston, London Project Value: £4m Date: Completed August 2011 Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives combines the functions of two separate facilities; it is the largest library to open in Hackney for over a decade and one of the largest to open in the UK in 2012. Spread over four storeys the building includes a cafe, children’s library, adult library, teen zone, study room, meeting rooms, a public archive area and an archival repository in the basement that meets the strict requirements of BS5454. Over 40,000 books are available as well as 10,000 CDs/DVDs and 15,000 historic photographs and maps of Hackney. The library now is on course to achieve 300,000 visits in its first year - three times the number of the library it replaces. Earle Architects were appointed for the fit-out following success in a competitive bid and we developed initial designs by MUF Architecture/Art, taking proposals from RIBA Stage D to completion. The project is part of a flagship regeneration project that includes 553 new residential units, a major new public square and new London Overground station, Dalston Junction.

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Franklin Wilkins Library


Client: Quinn (London) Location: Waterloo, London Project Value: ÂŁ2.6m Date: Completed September 2011

This fast-track library fit-out for Kings College London was constructed in just 9 weeks during the university’s summer break. Earle Architects worked with contractor Quinn (London) Ltd. under a design and build contract to deliver designs by Wilson Mason Architects. The library is spread across two floors and works included new bookshelves, lighting, furniture, fire rated glazed screens, balustrades, floor finishes and a new feature staircase and bridge within one of the atria.

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2 Humber Quays


Client: BCD Travel Location: Hull Project Value: £350,000 Date: August 2019 In summer 2019 Earle Architects were asked to propose an internal fit out for the new BCD travel office in Hull. The proposed brief consisted off an open plan office, meeting rooms, managers offices and a kitchen/communal room for staff. BCD travel wanted a modern fit out that reference the local surrounding context and culture.

View towards Reprographics Station


As part of the proposed design, Earle Architects added a suspended wire ‘bridge’ running along the length of the office that would hold an array of suspended plants. This ‘bridge’ references the ionic Humber bridge just outside of Hull itself. The finished floor design uses robust carpet tiles ideal for offices. The tiles are faceted to reflect the movement of a fish shoal whilst referencing the surrounding quay the office building is situated within. The materiality of the design uses bold blue colours in amongst a maritime material palette to provide a contextual modern feel to the office. The blue palette is a reference to Spencer Tunick’s “Sea of Hull” installation.

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earlearchitects 7a Sylvester Road London E8 1EP t: +44(0)20 8525 5902 f: +44(0)20 8533 8069 info@earlearchitects.com www.earlearchitects.com Project:

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This drawing should be read in conjunction with all relevant drawings, specifications and other documents provided by the architect and engineers. Any discrepancies should be reported to the architect immediately. Do not scale from this drawing. © Earle Architects

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Sherborne House


Client: DePaul UK Location: Southwark, London Project Value: £660,000 Date: Completed March 2017

Depaul UK asked Earle Architects to design a new London base for their mission against homelessness among young people. Our proposals reconfigured the interior of Sherborne House, a Victorian building in South London, to create a cafe, refreshment facilities, workshop/training rooms and office accommodation over three floors. We stripped away the existing fixtures, fittings and paintwork to reveal the building’s original glazed bricks and timber parquet flooring, which informed the selection of new finishes and overall colour scheme of the completed project. A new passenger lift was installed to permit wheelchair access to the first floor workshop and seminar rooms. Since 1955 Sherborne House has been a home for organisations helping disadvantaged young people in London. This renovation scheme will continue this tradition and facilitate the delivery of Depaul’s projects - including Nightstop, which places young people in the homes of vetted volunteers on a night-by-night basis.

Libraries and Offices

105 Ladbroke Grove


Client: Horn Productions Location: Ladbroke Grove, West London Project Value: £570,000 Date: Completed October 2015 This scheme was for the icon Trevir Horn’s music company Sarm who was behind Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Band Aid. It comprises the replacement of an existing single storey extension with a modern and elegant building to house a dining area that will serve existing recording studios and offices. The striking addition provides a breakout space that is both a place to relax during the working day and a place to bring together employees and clients. It is intended to be functional, serving the offices and recording studios, whilst simultaneously improving the overall appearance of the courtyard; the extension has a low maintenance flat sedum roof, improving the view from surrounding buildings. Where the extension abuts the offices a glass roof maintains a visual break from the existing building as well as allowing light into deeper areas of the extension and adding visual interest to the roofscape.


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SARM Yard, The Westway Centre



Client: Horn Productions Location: Kensington & Chelsea Project Value: ÂŁTBC Date: 2015

SARM Studios currently owns 2 adjacent industrial units at the Westway Centre, West London. We have designed proposals to convert these units into music rehearsal space and link them with a new single storey extension, housing a control room, kitchen area and features a terrace on the roof. The site is sandwiched between the Circle and Hammersmith & City tube lines and the A40 Westway.


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80-85 Strand



Client: Strandbook Ltd Location: Westminster, London Date: March 2014

In March 2014, Earle Architects were appointed by Strandbook ltd c/o Pearson Management & 80 Strand Building Manager, Paula Bone to carry out a thorough and comprehensive building-wide Planned Maintenance Review (PPM) with project managers Beadmans LLP. We carried our visual inspections of the entire building inside and out in the company of the in-house maintenance team of Donland Engineering representatives, in particular a gentleman named Roy, whose knowledge of the building was invaluable.


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Chenies Street, Project Belvedere



Client: Quinn (London) Location: Camden, London Project Value: ÂŁ3.6m Date: Completed October 2012 Project Belvedere consists of sixteen phases across three adjoining and occupied buildings; Fitzroy House, Telephone Exchange and Minerva House in central London. The ÂŁ3.6m refurbishment for Wainbridge is being procured under a Design and Build contract with Earle Architects working for the contractor, Quinn (London) Ltd to deliver designs by Osel Architects. The extensive works bring new reception spaces, refurbished toilets, office spaces, new fan coil units, lighting, raised access floors, finishes throughout and upgraded roof finishes to improve thermal performance. New toilets, wet rooms and lifts will also be installed. The sucessful completion of this scheme led to the building owners commissioning the telephone exchange extension on the next page.


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Chenies Street



Client: Wainbridge Ltd. Location: Bloomsbury, London Project Value: Confidential Date: 2012 Earle Architects were asked by Wainbridge Ltd. to look at the conversion of a storage space/ service yard into extension to the existing telephone exchange building on Chenies Street, just off Tottenham Court Road. This extension would have to achieve a net 3,000sqft lettable floor area, with an open plan layout to provide flexibility for its tenants. Earle Architects completed a series of massing option studies which informed the subsequent pre-application submission for the scheme to the London Borough of Camden.


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20 Chapel Street



Client: BCD Travel Location: Liverpool Project Value: ÂŁ190,000 Date: Completed February 2012 The sixth floor of 20 Chapel Street is the new northern headquarters of BCD Travel in Liverpool. The fit-out creates a new office environment with meeting rooms, workstations and a breakout space. A reprographics room, cloaks and a server room are also included. We have designed vertical fins, located in front of the breakout space and office glass partitions to provide a sense of privacy whilst maintaining spectacular views to the river Mersey in this RIBA Award winning building.


Libraries and Offices

60 New Broad Street



Client: FinnCap Location: City of London Project Value: ÂŁ430,000 Date: Completed October 2010 The third floor of 60 New Broad Street is the new headquarters of leading independent brokers, finnCap. We designed a new office environment with reception, meeting rooms, workstations and a flexible boardroom with folding partition to divide it into two spaces. Refreshment and recreation spaces are also included with a bar area featuring large flat screen TV and table tennis. The office is within a Grade II listed building designed by Charles Voysey and Paul Hoffman in central London. In acknowledgement to Voysey we included a feature partition with CNC cut timber, taking inspiration from his fabric and wallpaper designs.


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7 Soho Square



Client: Tripadvisor Location: Westminster, London Project Value: £208,000 Date: Completed February 2008 Following success at a competitive bid, we developed proposals for a 700sqm (7,500sqft) office fitout for travel advice company Tripadvisor, who are part of Expedia. The premises cover part of the 5th floor and all of the 6th floor of a building in Soho Square. The project required an extensive strip out and complete fit-out to provide new workstations, IT infrastructure, meeting spaces, purpose made joinery and toilets. Quality social spaces were also a feature, including a new bar area that opens out onto a roof terrace via new folding doors - for which planning consent was granted by LB Westminster. The space was let on a short lease, which gave rise to a very ambitious budget. The office was delivered for approx. £297/sqm. In addition the works for Tripadvisor, the landlord, Land Securities, also asked us to refurbish toilets within the unoccupied demise on the 5th floor - adjacent to Tripadvisor’s new office.


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Client: Gutteridge, Haskins & Davey Ltd. Location: York, Yorkshire Project Value: £60,000 Date: Completed February 2007 In 2006 Earle Architects were approached by the Sydney office of construction consultancy firm GHD to act as their UK architects for a fast track office fit-out in York. We worked closely with GHD staff in Australia and New Zealand to deliver bespoke joinery, office furniture, boardroom fit-out and frameless glass partitions to an office based on University of York’s campus.


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26 Soho Square



Client: Consolidated Property Corporation Location: Westminster, London Project Value: ÂŁ208,000 Date: Completed August 2005 In 2005 Earle Architects completed an extensive refurbishment of a grade II* listed building dating from 1788. The project involved a total but sensitive upgrading of this period building with English Heritage approval. We completely restored the original interior features and produced office interiors for Consolidated Property Cooperation. We were later appointed to construct a ÂŁ7.5m hotel for the same client.


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77 Leadenhall Street



Client: Harbert Management Corp. Location: City of London Project Value: ÂŁ1.6m Date: Completed January 2005

Earle Architects completed the refurbishment of a 7 storey office building for Harbert Management Corporation in 2005. Originally built in the 1980s the building suffered from poor access to the raised ground floor and low performance glazing. We prepared designs to lower the ground floor slab to enable level access to a new retail unit at ground floor level straight off of the street. The reception, which featured a retained section of the original London wall, was refurbished to a high standard and a new platform lift was installed to enable wheelchair access. The original reception desk was set behind a bomb-proof concrete wall installed at a time when the threat of an IRA attack was prevalent. We modified this desk to incorporate a new lowered section for wheelchair users and clad the concrete in white corian to soften its appearance. Upstairs, the office spaces were fit out to Cat. A standard.


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20 Fulham Broadway



Client: BMG Music Publishing Location: Fulham, London Project Value: ÂŁ1.5m Date: Completed June 2005

Earle Architects overcame some challenging acoustic requirements for this fit-out of a five storey office building in Fulham for BMG Bertelsmann Music Publishing. The brief called for a series of music editing suites (shown in yellow opposite) and sound transmission between the spaces had to be prevented. We worked closely with specialists to carefully consider the partitions and cross-talk attenuators within the ventilation ducts overhead. The fast track project, lasting four months from inception to completion, was delivered under a design and build contract with Earle Architects retained as the Employer’s agent. As well as the music suites, the project provided a board room, cellular and open plan offices, tea points, meeting rooms and new reception.


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