Completed in 1958, Bracken House was built as the headquarters and printworks of the Financial Times – the Hollington Staffordshire pink sandstone cladding cleverly matching the newspaper’s distinctive salmon-pink pages.
Subsequent redevelopment for the Obayashi Corporation in the late 1980s saw the construction of a new central section using steel and glass, creating a hybrid of classic 50s architecture and modern high-tech design.
Described as a “handsome relic of a bygone age of office architecture”*, Bracken House was awarded Grade II listed status in 1987 to avoid demolition, with a further listing in 2013 to cover the modern additions.
John Robertson Architects has since undertaken a sensitive renovation to create a space for the 21st century whilst reconciling the two architectural styles.
In addition to air conditioning and state of the art LED lights, the revamp includes an enlarged entrance hall and partially glazed atrium roof to create a more welcoming space.
The entrance matting has been carefully considered as part of the project, featuring a combination of profiles and inserts to create a zonal system that harmonises with the building’s aesthetics.
Externally, INTRAflex XT standard aluminium Entrance Matting with ribbed rubber inserts provide a superior scraper action. At the immediate threshold, bisecting the revolving doors, the profiles have been black anodised and coupled with INTRAlux Linear fibre in anthracite to absorb and retain moisture.
The Entrance Matting design uses contrasting profiles and inserts create a strong linear visual reminiscent of hot metal typesetting and composing sticks to subtly evoke images of the building’s past.
Precision installation ensures the matting fits snugly against the curving concrete pillars with exacting rib alignment for a superior finish.
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*Building.co.uk, Ike Ljeh, 14 May 2019