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Building

Gramophone Works contract is music to GRAHAM’s ears

Author: Rob Joyce

Posted: 7 Jan 2019

(Pictured): An external image of 'The Gramophone Works' building

GRAHAM has won the £25m design and build contract for Phase 2 of The Gramophone Works, a new commercial campus in Kensal Rise, London. 

Once home to Saga Records and at the forefront of London’s reggae scene, the 20th century buildings are being developed by Resolution Property to make way for up to 85,000 sq ft of contemporary workspace by the Grand Union Canal. Phase one of the redevelopment, which has completed, features 20,000 sq ft of office space, communal terrace and four outside terraces.

As part of the second phase, GRAHAM will deliver an additional 65,000 sq ft of contemporary workspace across five floors, with some of the upper offices benefitting from 6,500 sq ft of rooftop access space. There will also be a new shared reception/event space and canal side café, as well as a cycle hub with 130 spaces. 

GRAHAM will adapt and refurbish the existing Gramophone Works building to create the new commercial campus.

A four-storey timber extension above the building will be installed with new brick and glazed façades added to all elevations, while other improvements will include a louvred rooftop plant enclosure, green roof and photovoltaic solar panel installation.

Mechanical and engineering works include the installation of a new plant including a generator room and sub-station. Internally, new suspended ceiling lights and heating and cooling systems will be fitted throughout.

Mark Owen, Head of Development at Resolution Property, said:


“This is a major office project that will further establish this part of West London as a growth area for new and existing businesses. We are pleased to be working with GRAHAM to deliver such a striking and innovative office scheme.”


Rob Joyce, GRAHAM’s London office Director, added:


“This new development will provide state-of-the-art business facilities and public spaces to support the needs and talents of the local community and workforce in Kensal Rise. Our aim is to create a modern, fit-for-purpose facility that offers a real ‘London Village’ community feel.”


The scheme has been designed to meet the standards set out in the London Plan, as well as aiming to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’ certification. The proposal will also comply with ‘Secured by Design National Building Approval’ guidelines.

Works are due to commence and will take place over a 120-week programme.

(Pictured): An internal image of 'The Gramophone Works' building in London