London's first fit outs of 'Shell and Core' loft apartments in the Piper Building, Fulham, London SW6
Between the late 1980's & early 1990's, London's residential market witnessed a new developers offer, the 'Shell and Core' apartment. This concept provided purchasers with the opportunity to fit out generally large, often historic and disused floor areas as they wished, subject to the structural and legal restrictions of the property.
The Piper Building in Fulham, near to the north bank of the Thames, was a large redundant office structure. It is characterised by 4.5m floor spans and exceptionally generous ceiling heights varying between 4 and 6 metres. These structural features allowed the insertion of studio and 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with mezzanines.
Fereday Pollard were commissioned by several clients during the fit-out phase of the Piper Building. All apartments made use of the structural steel mezzanine planned to accommodate bathrooms, saunas, open-plan sleeping areas, gyms and so forth, while the living areas and panoramic views were enjoyed on the entry levels below, all with access to external terraces, in turn giving the external building aesthetic its distinctive feel.