Fostering a legacy in London
200 Gray’s Inn Road is the work of renowned architect Sir Norman Foster, with a design that proved generations ahead of its time. But updating classic buildings to suit modern office requirements – while staying true to the original design intent – requires skillful consideration.
Located in the heart of London this property was built in 1990 by ITN as its headquarters and broadcasting hub. The challenge for the owner, architect and design team embarking on a phased refurbishment of the building, was to modernise the fitout to ensure original design intent whilst ensuring 24/7 operations for Britain’s largest independent news broadcaster.
“200 Gray’s Inn road was first conceived by ITN as their purpose built headquarters,” says Ian Cartwright, Project Manager for Great Portland Estates. “The Foster + Partners design proved to be a unique scheme for an office building. Compared to most modern buildings, the structural loadings and floor to ceiling heights are completely different to the normal standards for offices today.”