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.

We used the van Ellen and Sheryn practice as we had been impressed by a project they had completed on Dartmoor. We worked alongside both Eilir and Ian and both were very approachable, experienced and informal….which we liked.

They listened to our brief and appreciated that we had a budget.

Our project was complicated as we wanted to retain the Georgian frontage of the building and demolish the rear, adding a contemporary barn like structure.

They were always available and professional throughout..It’s reassuring to know they are just down the road should we need advice or clarification during the build process. We would certainly recommend them.

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