Grand Union House

Grand Union House sits at the heart of Camden Town Centre
The Grand Union House site is close to the epicentre of Camden Town Centre.
Great potential lies in enhancing the pedestrian experience between Kentish Town Road and Camden Road.

Project Axonometric
The new Grand Union House on Kentish Town Road
View from Kentish Town Road looking south
The new facade is composed of a defined base, middle and top.
The façade’s collection of materials will each react to London's changeable light conditions throughout the day and across the seasons.
The building's is formed by a recessed penthouse structure with a saw tooth roof profile.
The roof holds a photo voltaic array and is angled to optimise efficiency of these.
It will contribute a gently characterful profile to Camden’s roofscape.
The upper superstructure is faced in a composition of sculptural columns and beams surrounding generous windows.
These are formed in lightweight, richly-coloured anodised aluminium.
The proportions and details of these elements change at each floor as the structure becomes lighter.
Protruding columns and overhanging beams provide solar shading to the large windows.
The façade will appear alternately more open and more closed as one moves along Kentish Town Road.
The coloured anodised aluminium will appear to change colour depending on light conditions.
The ground floor design responds to the street with a robust, characterful materiality and presence.
The existing concrete structure will be insulated and encased in coloured, glazed ceramic.
This material is often seen on industrial and public buildings in busy streets.
The ABC Bakery, London Underground Stations and several local Public Houses are examples.
The concrete foundations, columns and first floor plate of the existing Grand Union House are to be re-used.
The upper superstructure will be a lightweight combination of steel and cross-laminated timber.
This approach will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the new building.
The upper floors of Grand Union House are removed. Existing concrete columns, slab and raft footings are maintained. Lightweight CLT and steel superstructure is added.
The existing condition on Kentish Town Road
View of new Grand Union House from Britannia Junction
New entrance for Grand Union House on Kentish Town Road
Grand Union House West Elevation