Karakusevic Carson Architects has won permission to refurbish two factories and add four new blocks as part of a major overhaul of a site in Deptford Creek
Working with Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design for property investment trust Workspace Group, the practice will revamp existing industrial buildings to create ‘a mix of flexible work and living spaces’ on the creekside plot in south east London.
When complete the redevelopment of the will create 4,310m2 of ‘raw, flexible commercial space’ for small creative businesses, together with 520m2 of newly built studio space and 148 new homes.
Jennifer Ross, director of Tibbalds said: ‘The site is protected for employment purposes and forms part of a conservation area [so designated because of its] unique industrial character and the diverse mix of uses it supports.’
‘Given this situation it was necessary, as part of the regeneration process to come up with a robust set of arguments to justify the redevelopment of the site for a mix of uses and to evolve a set of design proposals that retained the area’s character.’
‘These plans respond appropriately to the location and have sought to strike an appropriate balance between the policy aspirations and financial considerations.”
The team bagged planning consent from Lewisham council in just six months and development is expected to start on site later this year (2013).