Since the early 1970’s development of their first showroom in Bath, Charles Thomson has had a close and long term working relationship with the contemporary furniture company Coexistence. He has been the architect responsible for the expansion of various sites in London, particularly at their two buildings in Islington: Upper Street/Cross Street and Canonbury Lane. The extent of works includes new offices, showrooms, roof studios, house and garden.
Photographed by Sarah Blee.
Gill Wing Showroom
The conversion of a redundant shop into a jewellery showroom in Upper Street, N1. The work included the gentle conversion of the existing premises and the design and installation of new display cabinets within a tight budget.
Turnham Green Terrace Mews
Turnham Green Terrace Mews is a complex of buildings, dating from the early part of the 20th Century, bounded on two sides by gardens to private houses and on the other two sides by the Mews.
The buildings in the mews were in need of refurbishment or renewal. They have been in continuous use since the early 1900’s and repair and maintenance has been haphazard. Our Client wanted to explore the possibility of modernising the mews buildings, retaining those that could be retained together with the large brick boundary walls onto the gardens. The project has involved the retention of two buildings on the West side of the site and the redevelopment of the remainder of the site, creating a new mews which runs North-South providing natural light and ventilation into the site and exposing the East facade of one of the retained buildings (an old organ works). The new development which includes a basement has been planned to provide flexible work space and has been carefully designed to avoid the overlooking of neighbours residential buildings.
The Application went through a pre application stage, followed by the Planning Application and an officer’s recommendation for Approval.
The original Planning Application was granted Approval in December 2012, and the basement received Approval in July 2014. The demolition of the redundant buildings finished in the summer of 2014, and the project started on site in the spring of 2015, completing in October 2016.
Photographed by Sarah Blee.
HAL Miramax Headquarters
An exciting project to convert an industrial space into the London base for film makers HAL Miramax. Working within a tight budget we designed an open plan studio, shared meeting rooms, reception, kitchen, screening room and ancillary facilities.
The Crowndale Centre was a conversion of an old post office building commissioned by the London Borough of Camden to provide an important multi use public building. The original light well was transformed into an open atrium topped by a gently curving overhanging roof. This space unites a range of public and private functions including offices, retail, a café and workshops. A new-build primary healthcare centre is located behind the main building.
“The building scores even more brownie points by being forward looking and yet accessible to members of the public. Where else in the public sector is there a modern building that welcomes the local people in such a gracious way.” Jonathan Glancy, The Independent, March 1990.
Financial Services Authority
Charles Thomson and Kate Blee acted as Design and Art Consultants to the FSA for the fitting-out of their new 400,000 sq ft headquarters building at Canary Wharf, liaising with both the client and interior designers. The project included researching, selecting and commissioning the installation of a contemporary Art Collection for the building. Artists include Fiona Banner, Tacita Dean, Fay Godwin, Perry Roberts and Jeanette Barnes.