Terrazzo reception desk wows at 200 Gray’s Inn Road

Iconic building 200 Gray’s Inn Road is located in the heart of the Capital, between the City and the West End.

The building, at just under 292,000 sq ft, was designed by architects Foster and Partners and built in 1990 to be the HQ of broadcaster ITN. Britain’s largest independent news broadcaster ITV now houses its ‘ITV Creative’ team in the building alongside tenants such as Warner Brothers and Metapak. As well as television studios, 200 Gray’s Inn Road offers quality office accommodation arranged around a ten storey atrium, which provides natural light for occupants.

The building is undergoing a phased refurbishment, with the design team aiming for modernisation whilst retaining elements of the original design. Diespeker was brought on board by joinery experts TT Gillard & Son to produce the terrazzo elements of the reception and communal area on the ground floor. Diespeker was commissioned to manufacture, supply and install the terrazzo, which included terrazzo cladding for the reception desk, booth seating, various tables and the front bar.

Of particular note was the reception desk. This demanded tones of grey which Diespeker make up as bespoke mixes to achieve the perfect tonal gradation. The resulting appearance is a stunning and totally unique reception desk, that oozes contemporary style. During the manufacture of the terrazzo, some of the chippings used were made from marble offcuts, crushed in the factory’s crushing machine. This reflects the commitment to sustainability of the building’s owner – and its tenants.

Diespeker MD, John Krause said: “This is a superb example of how terrazzo can be used to create an exceptional reception desk.

“In my opinion for a bespoke look it wins the day against many other types of stone.”

As well as this unusual reception desk, Diespeker also created others from standard terrazzo TE001 as well as an engineered stone used for the bar. The engineered stone enables a match to be made to terrazzo, with the extra benefits of the stone, which makes it the perfect material for a bar counter, for example.

To find out more about the thinking behind the major refurbishment of 200 Gray’s Inn Road, take a look at this fascinating video by engineering consultancy, Norman Disney & Young.

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