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Bedford Square

Client: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Project value: £2m

Completion: August 2011

After many years in nearby Soho Square, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC is celebrating their 25th Birthday with a move back to Bloomsbury, their original home and an area of London with a rich publishing and literary history.  Due to expansion of their business, the well-known publishing group acquired 49 – 51 Bedford Square in 2010 and commissioned DHP to transform this into a prestigious headquarters building that can be used for entertaining and book launch events.

The Grade 1 listed terrace buildings date back to the late eighteenth century and now comprise circa 2,400m2 of air-conditioned office accommodation arranged over lower ground to third floors.  There is a connecting three-storey mews building to the rear.  The terrace buildings are inter linked and have fine Georgian rooms with ornate ceilings and grand fire places.  

DHP provided a full inter disciplinary project design team to lead this £2M, 30-week, sensitive but comprehensive refurbishment of the entire building.  DHP also advised Bloomsbury in respect of their dilapidation liabilities on the Soho Square property.