Hodge House

  • Location

    Cardiff

  • Client

    Legal and General

  • Value

    £8m

  • Completion

    2020

  • Size

    140,000sqft

  • Shortlisted

    Workplace Design of the Year

    Insider Wales Property Awards 2020

  • Shortlisted

    Development of the Year

    Insider Wales Property Awards 2020

A comprehensive refresh and rebrand transforms a dated local landmark into a workplace fit for the next generation of occupiers.

Originally constructed in 1915 for the Co-operative Wholesale Society, Hodge House is a landmark Grade II listed, eight-storey building on St Mary Street in Cardiff.

Our objective was to transform a tired and dated building into a workplace fit for the next generation of occupiers.

The extensive defurbishment expresses the rich and varied history of this remarkable building.

The original cast iron decorative columns have been revealed, as well as riveted steel structures from the 1930s and a variety of exposed brick and plasterwork. Other authentic period features, including the vaulted ballroom ceiling and ornate heritage stair balustrading, have been meticulously restored.

Quality new finishes in the communal spaces create a ‘wow factor’ and make the building stand out within the local market. Lifts, plant equipment and lighting have been replaced and the new services left exposed, displaying the visible contrast between old and new.

Improved accessibility provisions, a hospitality style reception space, cycle storage, showers and changing rooms bring wellbeing-focussed benefits and encourage sustainable travel.

A ‘Get Ready’ room allows users to seamlessly transition from work to play. And a multi-purpose studio and south facing roof terrace provide space for leisure, relaxation and socialising.

The 6th floor incorporates Legal & General’s Capsule offering, a flexible leasing solution that is furnished, connected and ‘work ready’ for incoming tenants with a fit out that supports agile, activity-based working.

It is incredibly exciting to see the building transformed to provide 21st century Grade A office space, while retaining the heritage and character of the building. We are increasingly seeing occupiers wanting their workspace to portray their brand and ethos and we believe that this space will be very well received by potential tenants.

Matt Phillips, Office Head, Knight Frank

Photos © Outfit