3 Shortlands


Project Type: Commercial
Location: London Hammersmith, UK
Completion: January 2020
Value: £3m
Size: 155,000 sq. ft

Client: Romulus
Architect: Fletcher Priest
PM: Romulus
PQS: Quantem

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RED Construction’s extensive refurbishment works at 3 Shortlands brought to life a prestigious and appealing office address, which has set the benchmark for co-working spaces and professional environments in the surrounding Hammersmith area, and across the capital.  

Working closely alongside leading London-based property investment and development group Romulus, and award-winning architect Fletcher Priest, RED carried out works to reformat and repurpose the basement and ground floor of the ten-storey 1970s office block, enlivening a bright, modern and diverse space. 

Utilising the structure’s industrial character and abundance of natural light, RED delivered a refreshed layout of the ground floor which includes a new six-metre-high reception and break out zone, a café area, small mezzanine, and bleacher-style seating to naturally facilitate occupants’ presentations and activities. 

All entries to the building were renovated for a streamlined and impressive sense of arrival, and access doors were installed to allow easy flow of movement to the new barista café. 

Part of the building’s basement, previously used for car parking, was converted by RED to contemporary cycle storage, with contemporary shower facilities and adjoining changing rooms. Comprehensive external works were also executed as part of the project, most notably the recladding of the building’s exterior utilising unique German-made expanded metal.  

Accompanying the challenging logistical phases of the building works, RED also delivered refreshed landscape throughout the site and its surrounds to enhance the appearance and atmosphere of the working environment. 

Completed in January 2020, 3 Shortlands is currently let to tenants across a wide range of industries, and brings a unique dimension to the working environment with specially commissioned and original works of art. The project exhibited RED’s aptitude with complex redevelopments and is also a pioneering example of how to resolve deficiencies of older buildings, while successfully animating and reinvigorating existing spaces.


Each redevelopment brings its own set of distinct requirements and challenges, and while those of 3 Shortlands was particularly testing, the RED Construction team banded together to deliver a fantastic working process and outcome.

Bringing older, outdated buildings into the modern era is a key challenge facing London, which will only become more prevalent in years to come. It’s fantastic to work on projects such as 3 Shortlands and further RED’s expertise in this area, to readily offer across the capital in future.

The refurbishment made innovative and smart use of the existing ground floor, basement and external space, placing value on both sustainability and the experience of its occupants.

3 Shortlands is certainly a point of reference for RED as a company to the calibre of work we can deliver, across both office environments and redevelopments in general.

— Peter La Plain – Operations Director