In every direction, visual interest is piqued by different building levels, with drama added by the exposed brickwork arches, exposed steelwork columns, huge-scale Artemide light fittings (hung in two rows over the double-height spaces); the huge-scale 35 sq m rooflight, which extends across the whole width of the extension, directly in front of the brick arched original frontage and the stunning ribbed metal-deck ceiling in the extension area, with Troldtekt fibrous timber ceiling tiles, particularly effective for sound absorption, have been for the ceiling areas beneath the mezzanine floor.
On the mezzanine level, the huge (245 sq m) external terrace features grey ceramic floor tiles in 600 x 600 mm squares from The Deck Tile Company, with a rough finish for safety. A balustrade at the front offers views down onto Barclay Court and into the new penguin enclosure, whilst external deck - mounted lighting washes over the terrace when the lights are low or when the building hosts evening events.
“The internal mezzanine seating area had to fit into quite a tight floor to ceiling height” explained Brendan Heath. “We therefore had to minimise any services that would normally sit within the ceiling space by creating a false wall to the rear of the mezzanine. This only protrudes by 0.5m and is barely perceptible, but this was a better decision than lowering the ceilings further in the only part of the scheme that wasn’t exceptionally spacious.”
On the first floor, the remodelling encompassed a goods lift; further Parklex-clad plant rooms (which act partly as balustrades for the new first floor terrace). The first floor terrace, belonging to the hire-out Prince Albert suite, is set back and offers 215 sq m of space, with a glass balustrade protecting the skylight at its rear edge. Furniture here is in wood and is slightly more traditional than on the balcony below, to marry with the existing Prince Albert Suite look and feel. The new terrace has a composite floor structure, made from a corrugated steel metal tray filled with concrete, which was then sprayed with tanking system insulation and a damp-proof membrane before being tiled in the same ceramic floor tile as the mezzanine terrace below.