Clarke Rendall deliver a modern classic reception suite in a Grade One listed building

by Laura

This totally inspirational Grade 1 listed building in the centre of Ipswich is the home of insurance broking and solutions giant Willis Towers Watson. Designed in the 1970’s this iconic building was the brainchild of Foster & Partners Architects and embodies the pioneering, forward thinking architecture of the period. Ahead of its time, it fosters an open community feel in the workplace as well as benefiting from natural gas heating aided by a grass roof for insulation.

Night time exterior photo courtesy of Claudia Gannon Photography – The building’s innovative engineering reveals itself at night

The Striking glass curtain system developed by Pilkington Glass creates an unmistakable facade that only truly reveals itself when the inner structure becomes visible at night.

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Clarke Rendall were asked by furniture solutions expert Staverton to work with them, alongside architectural practice HLW to deliver a new reception area project required to reflect the original 70’s vision for the space, whilst responding to the branding and technological requirements of the 21st century. With a team headed up by Bradley Fielden, Clarke Rendall worked very closely with Willis Towers Watson, Staverton, HLW and English Heritage to mock up and review the proposed designs and finishes for approval, before undertaking a faultless manufacture and installation process, on time and on budget.

A reception desk fitting of cathedral like space with access to the upper floors and roof gardens

It was a great privilege to be involved in such a high profile project and thanks must go to everyone involved in making it such a huge success.

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