As Phase 1 of a multi-phase master-plan for the site, White Ink Architects (working with conservation experts Alastair Coey Architects) were appointed to restore and extend the original Whitehall Tobacco Works for commercial office use. This Grade B+ listed “Free Style” building, which dates from 1900, is one of only a small number of surviving buildings from this era in the city.
Providing an additional 1600 sqm of lettable office space, the curved form of the new extension wraps around the listed building with alternating crisp white rendered panels and recessed glazing. Whilst the scale of the original building is respected, the stark contrast between the decorative old building and clean lines of the new is intentional and underpins the concept of the development.
Photography by Donal McCann and White Ink Architects
“White Ink Architects were always happy to engage in matters of minor detail, and that underpinned the success of this development.”
“We approached White Ink Architects following the viewing of their project – The Hill House. We felt that their careful response to working with and integration to existing buildings would be key to the success of our project. We are delighted with the openness of the new glazed extension and its ability to cross the divide between the internal and external realms.”
“White Ink Architects stood by their concept throughout design development and were able to demonstrate value when aspects of the design were challenged… such conviction has paid off… Project deliverables have met programme and quality targets.”
“They combine design flair with technical knowledge and bring the much needed element of ‘common sense’ to the design and build process.”
“They work in a collaborative and responsive way showing consideration and understanding of our functional needs, and our financial and time constraints.”
“They are always pro-active and prompt in dealing with the day to day issues that occur on a project.”
“…the refurbishment of the Whitehall Building is a feather in the cap for Sandy Row… its refurbishment breathes new life into the area.”
“White Ink Architects provided a unique and strong visual solution to this project working closely with our teams to ensure functionality was not compromised.”