From the very early days over 30 years ago, Derwent has had an affinity with industrial buildings that could be converted into generous and characterful office space. The principle was actually very simple; it was about three words, ‘Volume And Light’.
So over many years we managed to successfully purchase buildings like Tea, Buckley, Oliver’s Yard and Greencoat and Gordon House which were all originally built for light industrial usage and convert them into great workspaces which today are some of the most popular in our portfolio.
So this got us thinking, wouldn’t it be great to one day build a new modern type of office building but on a generous industrial scale! In 2008 we put together a think tank that comprised architect AHMM, engineers Arup and AKT, and project managers Jackson Coles, together with London’s most creative agent, David Rosen of Pilcher Hershman.