Merchant Bridge Offices


Merchant Bridge Offices

With its headquarters in London and offices overseas, Merchant Bridge is a leading investment firm in oil and gas industries and financial services. The firm occupies the second floor of a 1960s office block and commissioned Paul McAneary Architects to refurbish and reorganise the interior.

The aim was to rationalise the space, but also instill visual interest. Cellular offices are grouped around an open plan area, with glazed partition walls enhancing a sense of connection. Storage, copying and IT areas are tucked into interstitial spaces, ensuring that offices are kept clear of clutter. Small details, such as rounded corners to the non-glazed partition walls, add finesse.

A feature wall of striated stone forms a focal point, its alternately rough and smooth strata alluding to the notion of geological exploration for oil. As one of Paul McAneary Architects’s earliest projects, Merchant Bridge acted as test bed for future work, showing how thoughtful details can elevate an apparently modest commercial interior. [By Catherine Slessor*]

Contract Value £150k

Location Knightsbridge, London

Client Merchant Bridge

Date 2009

Area 316m²

Design TeamPaul McAneary Architects

Design ServiceInterior design, FF&E, building control, lighting design

Supplier Mint