90 Blackfriars Road, London

Latimer Developments, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, created 90 Blackfriars Road as an attractive office and residential building. To enhance the appeal of the first floor offices and live its sustainability values, Latimer and its interior designer BDP chose a furnishing scheme based on the Circular Economy, supplied by Rype. Significant environmental and social benefits were created while achieving the desired aesthetic and functionality.

Environmental and social sustainability achieved through Circular Economy furniture

Environmental Sustainability

66% of the furniture was sourced from clearances and remanufactured using recycled fabrics to suit the décor. This avoided 5,700 kgCO2e of greenhouse gas emissions and repurposed 2,400kg of waste. The 34% furniture sourced new was chosen so that it can be remanufactured for multiple lives and was mostly made in the UK.

Provenance

The history of the remanufactured furniture includes:

  • Desks for The Economist Group’s former Canary Wharf headquarters
  • Task chairs from a bank office in Reading
  • Lounge chairs from an accounting firm’s Mayfair office
  • Coffee tables made in the UK from recycled post-consumer waste yoghurt pots

Social Sustainability

For the moving of furniture, a group of formerly homeless and at risk of homelessness were engaged. This created 75 hours of Real Living Wage employment for those furthest from the workforce.

Sustainable Design Award Finalist

The project was selected by the judges as a Finalist for the Fit-Out category of the Sustainable Design Awards 2024.

Transport for Wales collaboration zone
Transport for Wales sofas
Transport for Wales collaboration zone
Transport for Wales gallery
Transport for Wales office
Transport for Wales innovation room
Transport for Wales library
Transport for Wales meeting pod

Photography by Nick Caville, BDP

About Rype Office

Rype Office helps to create beautiful, sustainable and productive offices at substantial cost savings. Email contact@RypeOffice.com or phone 033 3358 3330.