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News: CZWG finds mixed-use key to developing Camden Lock

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czwg has won planning permission for a mixed-use scheme and hotel on an illustrious canalside site in Camden, North London.

The L-shaped Suffolk Wharf site, next to Camden Lock and the world-famous tourist trap of Camden Market, will include a 131-bedroom hotel, new public open space, an office/light industrial building, restaurants and retail and the redevelopment of the lock-keeper's cottage as a canal information centre.

The hotel, clad in blue-grey with composite aluminium windows, includes an internal courtyard and curving, semi-bow ends with alternating rectangular and quarter-circle elements. As its meets the canal, the rectangular levels bear the name Lock Hotel and echoes the practice's Glass building of loft apartments diagonally opposite.

The office building curves from the two-storey glass facade of the Camden High Street retail frontage, around the lock-keepers cottage to face the new public open space next to the lock. The upper floors cant out in small increments over an access road. Part of the public space - to be newly hard-landscaped, featuring willow trees, benches, signage, art and other street furniture - will be available for external dining, covered by a glass canopy.

Piers Gough said the project, to go on site in the spring, will complement the Glass building - with 25 loft-style flats for sale and eight housing association flats, a large Wagamama restaurant over the ground floor and shops - which should be complete in April.

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