Haptic gets go-ahead to retrofit Grays Inn Road office and add new flats

Haptic, which has offices in London, Oslo and Bilbao, said in planning documents that it will replace the underperforming façade to turn an EPC rating of ‘G’ into an ‘A’-rated scheme that is BREAAM ‘Excellent’.

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Camden Council’s planning committee approved the plans for developers Beltane and Topland last week (12 October), opening the door for what Haptic has said will be ‘an exemplar sustainable building’ that minimises demolition and prioritises reuse.

The internal workspaces of the site will be reconfigured and refurbished and the overall area on the 0.08ha site will grow from 3,785m2 to 5,056m2 with the addition of two floors. That includes 713m2 of residential space split into: a trio of one-bedroom units, a further three two-bedroom flats and a single three-bed apartment.

That will involve removing the existing red brick façade removed and replaced by a concrete design Haptic says references the neighbouring Telephone Exchange and 19th century townhouses through a vertical and horizontal uniform grid.

The development also includes the insertion of landscaping and two terraces, the removal of car parking, and a contribution of £114,450 to contribute towards affordable housing.

The current seven-storey building, Battle Bridge House, is a 1970s office with a connected lower annexe three storeys high, on Grays Inn Road and Acton Road.