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The Copyright Building

Derwent London

The London office as a civic building, with active streetfronts and richly detailed interiors connecting to Fitzrovia's artisanal past.

The Copyright Building
Derwent London

This sophisticated West End scheme for Derwent London replaces three poorly configured existing buildings with a distinctive and sustainable new office building, with restaurants and a gallery at street level.

Exploring the rich history of Berners Street reveals a centre of arts, crafts and manufacture. Alongside wallpaper producers Arthur Sanderson & Sons, the street was renowned for furniture and musical instrument making. Taking this as inspiration, the design explores ideas on cabinet making and precise detailing to create a beautifully textured travertine and bronze façade, with large windows internally lined with timber.

The ground floor becomes dual aspect through to Berners Mews with gallery and restaurant spaces vastly improving the streetscape to both elevations. The Berners Mews elevation is beautifully textured in Petersen Tegl brick with simple elegant detailing, while Crittall windows reflect the more utilitarian nature of the service mews.


Derwent London
Fitzrovia, London
Gross Floor Area:
141,400 sqft
Completed 2017


  • BD Office Architect of the Year 2018

Project Team

  • Blackburn & Co, Project Manager
  • Elliott Wood, Structural Engineer
  • Norman, Disney & Young, Services Engineer
  • FMDC Ltd, Façade Consultant
  • Gerald Eve, Planning Consultant
  • Skanska, Main Contractor


  • Jack Hobhouse, Photographer