AAB have been working on the alterations to an existing office building to provide temporary accommodation for LB Camden’s democratic services whilst Camden Town Hall building undergoes refurbishment.
The Crowndale Centre was built as a district post office between 1912 to 1919. It closed as a post office sorting office in the early 1980s, and was converted by LB Camden for council and community use in 1987-90. The building now also houses Camden Town library and a training centre.
Following feasibility work carried out for LB Camden from 2014-16, AAB architects were appointed to carry out detailed design work for the proposed works, including a council chamber with public galleries, associated foyer space for gathering and functions, committee rooms, accommodation for councillors, offices for the leader of the Council and support staff, a Mayor’s Parlour and Register Office, for the registration of births, deaths and marriages.
The proposals seek to compliment the existing palette and tones of the building’s unique post-modern interior, using a mixture of bold and neutral materials with a light industrial emphasis. Due to the dispersed nature of the refurbishment across the building, it was important to unify the scheme through finishes and colours in order to provide accessibility and clarity, whilst creating a contemporary and light environment for public and civic use.
Client: London Borough of Camden / ITC Concepts
Completed September 2018