Southwark, London

The Crane Building is a seven-storey office building in Lavington Street, in the vicinity of Allies and Morrison studios in Southwark. The development involved a comprehensive refurbishment and extension of a printworks building dating from the 1950’s which had been reclad in the 1980’s.

The project stripped the building back to the original frame with structural interventions to support a new two storey roof pavilion. The floor plate has been rationalised to create triple aspect accommodation served from a new core designed to infill an existing atrium along the eastern party wall. The interior spaces are complemented by a number of external breakout and entertaining spaces which include a rear courtyard, terraces and a roof garden.

Externally, the building is clad with bespoke ribbed terracotta tiles, offset from each other to form an intricate pattern that is replicated throughout the building as a motif. The terracotta has a white glazed finish that is reminiscent of the public baths building that occupied the site before the war.

The simplicity of the building belies a highly efficient design, balancing natural light and solar gain.


Sophia Amend, Artur Carulla, Shane McCamley, Graham Morrison, Peter Ohnrich, Sarah Sperber, Ian Troake


Dorrington Properties plc
Structural engineer
Adam Kara Taylor
Services engineer
Peter Deer and Associates
Quantity surveyor
Jackson Coles
Gilbert Ash N.I.Ltd

Nick Guttridge


Completion Date
5360 sqm
Lavington Street
London SE1