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Carl Turner Architects wins planning for temporary artists’ studios in Olympic Park

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Carl Turner Architects’ canalside cluster of artists’ studios and workshops in the heart of East London’s Olympic Park has won planning consent

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) approved the Clarnico Quay project, designed for social enterprise Make Shift, on a 6,110m² empty plot of land across the water from Hackney Wick.

The scheme comprises a series of warehouses arranged around a wide courtyard and hopes to attract a mix of artists, makers and small businesses as well providing room for two restaurants, a pub and a food hall with street food kiosks.

The meanwhile project, commissioned by landowners the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and developer East Wick & Sweetwater Projects will be there until 2025, when it will be turned into housing.

Carl Turner, founding director of Carl Turner Architects, said the scheme aimed to reprovide some of the kind of affordable creative space being lost in Hackney Wick as artists’ studios are replaced by housing developments.

At least 70 per cent of the workspaces on site will be provided to local residents and 20 per cent of the site’s studios will be provided at reduced rents for social enterprises and ’emerging talent’.

James Leay, managing director of Make Shift said: ’We’re thrilled to receive the planning consent for Clarnico Quay and take the next step in bringing this exciting new project to life.

’Clarnico Quay brings something completely different to this area of London and we’re excited to continue engaging with the local community in the coming months to shape the project and make sure it creates real impact for local people and businesses.’

Jan Kattein Architects also worked on the scheme, leading the consultation and designing the landscaping for the community garden. 

Clarnico Quay is the third partnership between Carl Turner and Make Shift, which transforms empty spaces into popular community spaces. Earlier projects include the multistorey car park-turned cultural hub Peckham Levels and the Pop Brixton initiative.

Work will start on site in September, with the first phase opening to the public in Summer 2019.

APPROVED: Carl Turner Architects' designs for Clarnico Quay

APPROVED: Carl Turner Architects’ designs for Clarnico Quay

APPROVED: Carl Turner Architects’ designs for Clarnico Quay

Project data

Location Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Type of project Meanwhile mixed-use commercial scheme
Client Make Shift Community
Architect Carl Turner Architects
Landscape architect Jan Kattein Architects
Planning consultant Quod
Structural engineer Structure Workshop
M&E consultant PSH Consulting 
Quantity surveyor Christopher Smith Associates
Main contractor Glencar Construction
Start on site date Oct/Nov 2018
Completion date Summer 2019
Contract duration 40 weeks
Gross internal floor area  2,820m²
Form of contract Two-stage Design and Build

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  • At what point can we stop calling this area a 'Park'?
    So much has been and will be built in this 'park' that there's not actually that much 'Park' left....

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