think architecture were asked by their client, Claymore Group, to form proposals for refurbishing the recently acquired Derwent House. The brief included for a review of the main entrance experience and constrained reception area; the desire to form facilities for Green Travel; and a need to revitalise the circulation core and welfare facilities in general.
The resulting scheme delivers on all these points, creating a visually identifiable main entrance by use of a double height feature revolving door and canopy structure to front a significantly enlarged reception area. The DDA compliant revolving door greatly improves the internal environment of the reception space, inviting visitors to linger there for meetings and coffee. The hotel lobby style aesthetic adopted sets the building apart from other office buildings in Sheffield City Centre and has proven a major draw for the buildings new tenants; alongside the market leading Green Travel facilities, which include secure indoor spaces for over 40 cycles, changing and drying rooms and showering facilities.
Newly reconfigured washrooms have also been installed to the core areas, increasing the number of facilities available at each level and significantly improving the aesthetic environment for tenants and visitors alike.