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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Week 46 13 Feature #39 Bloomsbury Service Station

6 Store Street & 2-8 Ridgmount Street (Former Bloomsbury Service Station)
Project Team: Garnett & Partners (Architects), The Bedford Estates (Client)
Date Completed: 2012
Location: 6 Store Street & 2-8 Ridgmount Street, London WC1

6 Store Street & 2-8 Ridgmount Street is a new mixed use development by Garnett & Partners architects on the site of a former service station at the intersection of Store Street and Ridgmount Street in Bloomsbury WC1. The project was completed in 2012 and includes a restaurant and new office space.

The original service station was built in 1926 and featured a corner forecourt accessed from Ridgmount Street and then exiting onto Store Street, which in turn leads to Gower Street to the East and Tottenham Court Road to the west. The main station building was a low rise single storey brick building with blue and white painted detailing and signage along the top of the gabled frontage. Pumps were positioned within a recess to the side of the main building and beside further service facilities.

The new building continues the theme of the former station. Although the structure has been completely removed and rebuilt, many of the features of the previous building have been successfully incorporated into the new design. The main forecourt space remains and now houses outdoor space for the burger restaurant chain, Byron; The main building housing the restaurant is visually divided through the use of different materials, brick, stone and wood contrasted with the dark grey steel frame for the space leading out onto the forecourt. Further details which echoe the original structure include signage along the top of the building, the gable frontage, and the large painted ceramic tile mural by Brian James depicting the previous station and classic cars.

The office building located further along Ridgmount Street is a three storey high brick/ stone building designed to blend sympathetically with its Georgian terrace neighbour and the long twentieth century squared bay windowed offices which lead up to Ridgmount Gardens. The exterior of the building features stone window surrounds and frame detailing with timber doors and shutters and steel detailing and fittings.

The new project blends well with the regeneration of Store Street, which now comprises many small independent stores, cafes, restaurants and galleries. The exterior space activating an awkward corner position and making clever use of an original feature and incorporating it into a modern layout. The visual impact of the building is minimal due to its low height, well considered footprint and sensitivity to neighbouring buildings.

The project has recently been awarded an excellent rating by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEM) for its use of sustainable building management strategies aimed at reducing energy consumption.

Link to the Store Street website.

Former service station. Photograph courtesy Bob Lear via Flickr

Intersection of Store Street and Ridgmount Street

Detail of the elevation of the office building to Ridgmount Street

Restaurant 'forecourt'

Elevation to Ridgmount Street
Detail of the ceramic mural by Brian James

The building from Store Street

Ridgmount Street

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