The existing Acorn House is a seven storey office building dating from the 1960s, occupying an L-shaped site within the Bloomsbury Conservation Area in central London.
The new Acorn House will create 33 affordable homes, flexible office space, a community room, play space and a retail unit fit for local business at ground level. The housing tenure will be split with 60% of the affordable homes provided at Social Affordable Rent (set by Camden Council), and 40% as Intermediate Rent Tenures (in line with GLA household income caps).
The building’s stepped massing responds to its context: at Gray’s Inn Road the nine storeys address the building's taller civic and institutional neighbours, stepping back to six storeys in response to the Georgian townhouses on Swinton Street.
Acorn House will be delivered as part of a linked proposal at nearby Belgrove House.