Carmelite Riverside / Fletcher Priest Architects / london + köln + riga | fletcherpriest
Carmelite Riverside  Quadrant Estates

Carmelite House was originally the headquarters of Lord Northcliffe’s publishing empire. It was converted into offices in the 1990s and we transformed it again in 2014 into the building it is today. It is currently the headquarters for the contemporary publishing powerhouse, Hachette.

Our redevelopment retained and restored the listed building with a new companion extension to replace the 1990s river frontage. Faced in decorative brickwork, the extension completes the corner and connects to the Victorian brick terrace fronting the river and the Temple area beyond. Within a Portland stone grid, the new extension has a patterned brick infill around large projecting windows with elevations that are scaled and proportioned to respond sympathetically to its neighbours.

The new riverfront façade is proportioned to enhance its presence and make it legible from the South Bank, while a garden and glazed pavilion at roof level give occupants magnificent views across the river to Tate Modern and the Millennium Wheel. Throughout the building we have made thematic use of the original design, recreating its decorative motifs with new materials and fabrication techniques to make the basis for contemporary features, such as 3d ceramic tiles in the washrooms, ventilations grilles and rooftop cladding.

This project extends our portfolio of high quality sustainable workplaces which draw value and character from their context and existing features. Reusing the 1990s structure took advantage of large open plan floorplates and helped to keep costs remarkably low.