Projects > Radio House

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  • Cambridge
  • Client: Orchard Street Investment Management
  • Size: 4,645sqm / 50,000sqft
  • Services: Offices

Radio House is a two-storey post-war office and production building on St Andrew’s Road in Chesterton, to the north east of Cambridge and is the last remnant of the previously extensive Pye Radio Works industrial estate. Known locally for its distinctive barrel vaulted roof, our sympathetic refurbishment aimed to enhance its roof form and retain the building’s link to its industrial past through the continuation of B1 office use.

The refurbishment gives 43,388sqft of lettable office space, and reconfigures the internal circulation, reclads the façade, and opens up views of the River Cam across a protected open space to its rear, to fulfill the client’s aspiration to overhaul the building to attract an exemplar tenant. A consolidated central roof plant housed on the flat part of the roof allows for efficiency of equipment, improving the environmental credentials of the building and removing the need for the existing ad-hoc plant additions along its south east facade.

The building’s appearance was rejuvenated through the careful integration of terracotta and curtain walling on its south east facade, allowing natural light to filter into the internal space and enhance the visibility of the building’s unique barrel vault roof. Buff traditional brickwork with industrial metal accents replaces the degraded existing brickwork on the remaining façade; material choices all sympathetic to the character of the conservation area and its industrial past. 

The interior layout has undergone a major refurbishment to bring the office floorplates up to modern BCO standards, including a new high spec central reception and core which bolster the building’s industrial details and includes a double height entrance foyer, passenger lift, statutory compliant WCs, cycle storage and shower and locker facilities to achieve an “Excellent" BREEAM rating.

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