In creating The Loom, Helical took a beautiful yet underutilised historic building and transformed it into characterful contemporary workspace, weaving heritage, culture and community to create a new kind of place.
Housed in one of London’s few remaining Victorian wool warehouses, The Loom has been reimagined for a community of creative and entrepreneurial occupiers and provides 110,000 sq ft of modern workspace that befits one of London’s most diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods. The refurbishment was completed in 2016.
LocationCity of London
AgentsCompton and HK London
Space availableUnits from 1,000-15,600 sq ft
EPC RatingB for all refurbished units
Winner – WorkspaceRIBA National Award 2017
Best Listed BuildingAJ Retrofit Award 2017
Best Refurbishment ProjectBrick Award 2016
Designed by Holland and Hannen architects, Loom House was built as a wool storage warehouse for Browne & Eagle Limited in 1889. At the time of its construction, wool was the chief import into the Port of London. The wool, produced by the Merino sheep of Australia, was transported from Melbourne and Sydney by clippers, the fast sailing ships of the nineteenth century that traversed the world’s major trading routes, before being traded, probably at the wool exchange on Coleman Street.
Due to changing patterns of trade and the toll of two world wars, by 1954 tea and crude oil had replaced wool as the main imports into London. No longer required as a wool warehouse, Loom House was used for paper storage and later by a wine distributor. In the 1980s the building was converted to provide warehouse space, workshops, studios and office accommodation for Whitechapel’s businesses, artists and craft workers. It became known as New Loom House.
In 2013 Helical acquired New Loom House and began the task of transforming the existing building to create a new kind of place for modern work and life – The Loom. Helical commissioned the award-winning Duggan Morris Architects to help them realise their vision for The Loom. The architects’ design explores and reveals the Grade II listed building’s history while introducing modern interventions that breathe new life into the building.
The building has been transformed to provide exceptional, high-spec work space that embraces and celebrates the building’s warehouse heritage. Housing a wide range of talent within its walls, The Loom is a genuine new hub of creative industry, with a community of likeminded occupiers enjoying the exceptional workspace within.
Plug and Play
The Loom embodies our flexible approach to leasing, with both traditional leases and fully fitted “plug and play” options available for occupiers. The plug and play option provides new and growing businesses the opportunity to flexibly occupy a beautifully fitted space, ready for immediate occupation and with options to grow or contract within the building.
A range of optionality enables either an all inclusive approach, with one simple monthly payment covering cleaning, maintenance and all other essential office requirements, or occupiers can opt for a more bespoke approach depending on their needs. With access to the building’s range of amenities including bike store, showers, communal hub and a programme of internal events, our flexible approach at The Loom has since been expanded across several other buildings in the Helical portfolio with great responses from tenants.
Members of The Loom have access to an exclusive platform and app, providing a range of benefits to its users. Key features of the app include:
News and events — Exclusive members only invites to in-building events as well as giveaways, pop ups, community drinks and more.
Building information — Alerts about any changes and maintenance at The Loom.
Marketplace — Offers and discounts from local retailers.
Health and wellness — Access to fitness classes held at The Loom.
Polls and surveys — Enabling occupiers to provide feedback so we are able to improve their experience at The Loom.
Community — Like an in-building LinkedIn, enabling occupiers to connect with one another to meet, share ideas and collaborate.