Alison Brooks Architects designed the Wildspace Warehouse to be seen from the passing Eurostar trains and from aeroplanes above
Responding to both the scale of the building and its landscape setting at the edge of Rainham Marshes, the units are expressed as 40m-wide strips of vibrant colour.
This 4,000m² warehouse refurbishment project in Rainham was commissioned by the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation. The practice transformed a derelict structure into a 200m-long ‘supershed’ containing five 800m² standalone business units with individual service yards, loading bay access and cores. At each end the warehouse’s timber-clad ‘wild west’ facade marks the eastern entrance to Rainham Marshes. The building is superinsulated, creating a truly sustainable light industrial building – and gaining a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.
The completion of the Wildspace Warehouse development brings with it fresh opportunities for successful businesses to relocate and grow in a unique location, next door to Rainham station and opposite the recreational and nature conservation area of Rainham Marshes. It creates the potential for businesses to thrive in a completely reimagined sustainable industrial building.
Alison Brooks Architects won the project as a tender through the LDA Framework Agreement in 2009, with work commencing on site in September 2010 and completion of the building in April of this year.
Alison Brooks, director, Alison Brooks Architects
Completed April 2015
Floor area 3,350m²
Client London Thames Gateway Development Corporation
Structural engineer Akera Engineers
M&E constultant Mendick Waring
Cost consultant Measur
Main contractor VolkerFitzpatrick