Victoria House London, UK
The proposed conversion of Victoria House into state-of-the-art life science facilities brings new life and purpose to the building, guaranteeing a sustainable future.
Victoria House is a Grade-II listed building located in the heart of the Knowledge Quarter in London, boasting a neo-classical façade with internal Art Deco features. It was designed and constructed in the 1920s for its former owner-occupier the Liverpool Victoria building society and served as its as head office until 1996.
This unique building has a history of interventions. It underwent significant internal alterations in the early 2000’s and today we are proud to be designing the next phase in the buildings life while retaining original, historic, and notable modern features that harmoniously work together to create the new life science use.
Working with Oxford Properties and Pioneer Group we are converting 220,000 sq ft of the building’s 300,000 sq ft internal area into Grade A state-of-the-art wet lab-enabled life sciences space.
The Grade II Listed building comprises 8 storeys with a basement and sub-basement. It occupies a rectangular island site with facades on Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury Place, Vernon Place and Southampton Row.
The building is steel framed and clad in Portland stone. It has four original decorative staircases and a suite of panelled directors’ offices at 3rd and 4th floors. These spaces are of special interest together with the entrance lobbies, central lobby, and ball room.
Alsop Architects were commissioned in the early 2000’s to upgrade the internal areas. Alsop replacing 2 utilitarian lightwells with modern oblong atriums, suspended meeting pods, new reception and Cat A office upgrades.
2019 saw the start of refurbishment of the offices, with some refurbished floors being completed prior to the building being purchased by Oxford Properties and the plans for a life science conversion put in place.
Victoria House has evolved over the past century, and the proposed reuse of the building has been at the heart of the proposals with all new interventions looking towards the future, bringing new life and purpose to the building, and guaranteeing a sustainable future.
The cutting-edge development will have customer wellbeing and sustainability at its core, with the project on track to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification and targeting EPC A energy rating.
The building isn’t just about laboratories, the building creates an exceptional working environment with its location, facilities and the range of interior styles and spaces available for creating an overall experience to collaborate within.