Orms Appointed To Refurbish Norman House
Norman House forms part of the historic Savoy Estate which has belonged to the Duchy since the 13th century. It occupies a prominent position and the Duchy, together with Orms, will be looking at the future potential for the building.
Established in 1984, Orms has established a reputation for the sensitive redevelopment of historic buildings to produce contemporary office buildings which are both sympathetic to their surroundings and sustainable over the long term. Recent projects have included the revitalisation of Medius House in Soho, the design of the new mixed use scheme at St Giles Circus in Camden and the redevelopment of Tottenham Court Walk in Fitzrovia. In June of this year the firm secured planning permission for the refurbishment of a 1960s office building, Folgate Court in Shoreditch.
Commenting on the opportunities for Norman House, Orms director and project lead architect John McRae said: “We believe that the functionality of a building is as important as its form. Buildings should be simple to run and intuitive to work in, making a positive contribution to our productivity and wellbeing. This historic building gives us an opportunity to create a series of high quality office suites appropriate to the location, but designed specifically for 21st century use.”
Mike Andrews, Head of Urban for the Duchy of Lancaster added: “The Duchy of Lancaster recognises the historic importance of the Strand as part of the Savoy estate. Any proposals we take forward must therefore be based on achieving a genuine balance between the preservation of our historic buildings and a contemporary response to the changing needs of our commercial tenants. We are confident that Orms will deliver this at Norman House.”