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My diary as I attempt to photograph as many Brutalist buildings as possible as I work towards the ARPS distinction with the Royal Photographic Society
The Standard Hotel . the old Camden Town Hall Annex

Camden Town Hall Annex now the Standard Hotel

This is the former Camden Town Hall Annex designed by Camden’s in-house architects and completed in 1974. It is located opposite St Pancras and Kings Cross stations.

The funky elevator at The Standard Hotel, London
Elevator Going Up

It was feared that when Camden council moved out of these premises back in 2012 that the building would be demolished. As it turned out the majority of this Brutalist structure was retained and renovated with new floors added to the roof – (replacing a large block concrete roofing structure that contained the plant equipment and the buildings east-west stair core was also removed.

A Standard Pen Nib
A Standard Pen Nib

The work was designed by a company called Orms with the support of English Heritage which welcomed the reuse of the annex on the grounds of its ‘considerable design merit’, and accepted that the height extension was “integral for making the design fit for purpose”.

Corners of The Standard
Corners of The Standard

The work was completed and the 266 room opened in 2019.

A Brutalist Entrance
A Brutalist Entrance

So – glass half full or half empty? It has to be better that the majority of the building was retained even if the cost was the new top.

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