Dinwiddie MacLaren’s London studio is located in Arthur’s Mission, a Victorian mission hall, in the heart of the London Bridge area between Borough High Street and Bermondsey Street.

The building was built in 1893 as one of the earliest Ragged Schools for the education of under-privileged children from the local area.  In 1914 it was taken over by the Shaftsbury Society, remaining in their occupation until Dinwiddie MacLaren acquired the building in 1998.  The building occupies a corner site and the practice converted it to provide two self-contained office units each with their own distinctive street frontage and entrance. The practice’s open-plan design studio occupying the first floor benefits from the original double-height space with its exposed trussed roof and large dual aspect windows.

The conversion, whilst sympathetic to the original fabric and structure, provides a contemporary interior where colour has been used to emphasise the new interventions. The internal layout is arranged for the practice’s own occupancy but with flexibility to accommodate an expanding work force.

The studio has excellent communication links from nearby London Bridge train, underground and bus stations, together with rapid transport to Canary Wharf, the City and the West End.  London Bridge is a vibrant, mixed business community currently undergoing a transformation with the Shard acting as a catalyst to further developments and improvements to both public transport interchanges and the local environment that will make it one of the most significant commercial and visitor destinations in the capital.