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Dunn’s Hat Factory, London

The brief

This project involved not only the refurbishment of the building's main areas, but also the rebranding of the building as a whole to become Dunn's Hat Factory.

Project details
Client

Threadneedle UK Property Select Fund

Location

London

Project Manager

Edge Architecture

Contract administrator

Workman

Programme

36 weeks

Value

£2.35M

Dunn’s Hat Factory, London
Project team

Gary Pearce

Kevin Culverhouse

Nick Scott

Kate Pink

Rob Jenkins

Commercial Offices

A double-height atrium space, bespoke joinery and a new retail opportunity.

We reconfigured the ground floor space to create a new main reception for newly branded Dunn’s Hat Factory. This left the feature double-height atrium space to be refurbished as a main circulation and communal break out space. A new ground floor retail space was also created and refurbished to shell and core. All of these works were undertaken whilst the building remained fully occupied. Logistical challenges were overcome by forming a temporary reception and entrance, and by maintaining good communication with all parties throughout our works.

The main office area within the basement was refurbished to a CAT A standard including new mechanical and electrical installations. New WC and shower facilities were also created to provide commuter facilities for the new basement bike store. The residential entrance was refurbished to a high standard, heavily featuring bespoke joinery elements. The ground floor WC facilities were reconfigured to form new superloos featuring bronze fixtures and fittings. While the existing passenger lifts were updated to mirror the standard of new finishes throughout.

We updated the external appearance of the building by installing new spandrel panels and curtain walling at street level, including new entrance doors. The rebranding of the building took into consideration the building’s historical use as a milliners’. Industrial elements were mirrored in the bespoke finishes creating a unique look.

Since completing the work, we have subsequently gone on to refurbish other areas of the building.

"Dunn's Hat Factory on Kentish Town Road in Camden, was historically one of several factories used to make hats for Dunn & Co, which were then distributed across the country."