Grey Matter

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Client
Grey Matter
Location
Ashburton, Devon
Photography
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Ashburton, Devon to provide them with a Full architectural and interior design service for their Office Refurbishment.

Grey Matter, A software supply and management company, were looking to upgrade their tired town centre offices, set within an old Brunel warehouse, that served the adjacent railway. With a projected increase in staff and a building configuration that was inefficient, Grey Matter approached van Ellen + Sheryn to completely redesign their premises.

The re-design involved a complete strip out of the offices, re-wire and new services strategy. At the heart of the design proposals sits a central entrance hall, within a double height void above. The circulation stair and lightweight bridge link the various office departments in an open plan arrangement and act as a focal point.

The industrial heritage of the building has been maintained with the restoration and enhancement of period features throughout. Adjustable external louvres provide protection from solar gain and are a modern day re-interpretation of the shutters that used to adorn the building. The project has been nominated for the insider ‘Office Development of the Year ‘ 2015.

Eilir and his team were great. We wanted a transformation of an old conservatory and kitchen in to a open living space full of natural light. They listened to our thoughts, gave suggestions and improvements, then drew up clear designs. They were also very helpful and committed throughout the whole process, doing alterations, adding new ideas, as well as speaking to our builders about how certain elements would work. A really pleasant experience from first ideas to final finished extension, which is very practical and looks fantastic.

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