[First look] Alison Brooks Architects (ABA) has taken the wraps off this 4000m² warehouse refurbishment project in Rainham, east London
The project transformed five derelict industrial units into a 90 metre-long ‘supershed’ for start-up businesses.
Dubbed ‘Wildspace’, the scheme features a timber clad ‘wild west’ façade at its North East end which is close to Rainham marshes.
‘[The] units are expressed as approximately [13 metre] wide strips of vibrant colour visible from passing Eurostar trains’, according to the practice.
The ‘super insulated’ building achieved a BREEAM Very Good rating.
Commissioned by the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, the project encourages successful businesses to re-locate to Rainham.
ABA won the project through the LDA Framework Agreement in 2009. The scheme started on site in September and completed last month.
Client- London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC)
Employers agent - Jones Lang LaSalle
Cost consultants - Measur
Architects - Alison Brooks Architects
Structural engineers - Akera Engineers
Mechanical and electrical - Mendick Waring