E2 introduces their Contemporary Conservation approach to practice and how they applied this to a deep retrofit, recently completed at The Drill Hall, Farringdon. During the visit e2 Architecture Managing Director, Sam Cooper will also explain how this historic building was upgraded from an EPC E to B rating.

At the end of an unassuming carriage way off Farringdon Road in a small courtyard is an impressive portico bearing the crest of the 2nd City of London Rifle Volunteer Corps and a plaque with the year 1888. A small door to the side takes you into a vast hall of parquet flooring bathed in light under a glass roof supported on steel trusses spanning 16 metres on decorative brick arch walls. This is their Drill Hall, originally home to the local regiment made up predominantly of printers, then the base for the Medical Corps, then variously warehouse photography studio, and since the 1990s to present, an office.

After a long period of neglect-in-use the landlord appointed E2 to diagnose a myriad of problems and prescribe a holistic approach to upgrading the building and adding value for future tenants. Success can be measured in an EPC rating of B that meets the recently released PAS2038 regulations, alongside a 75% uplift in rent and a lease agreed prior to completion.

A brief presentation will be followed by a tour led by WCCA Freeman Sam Cooper and MD of E2.

Please note the tenant's contractor fitout has started, so this will be a live site, a safety briefing may be required so please arrive promptly.

More information here https://www.e2architecture.com/projects/the-drill-hall/

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