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‘New generation’ of Idea Stores set for east London

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[FIRST LOOK + PLAN + FACTFILE] Bisset Adams has submitted plans for a new Idea Store in Tower Hamlets, east London

The £4.1 million development at Watney Market on Commercial Road, close to David Adjaye’s much-publicised Whitechapel Idea Store, is being hailed as ‘the first of a new generation of Idea Stores’.

Created and managed by Tower Hamlets and launched in 1999, the Idea Store concept was set up as a ‘social hive of information within a community’, combining learning and meeting areas in a modern environment.

The new Bisset Adams design uses this model and incorporates community services with the addition of a One-Stop-Shop.

Senior designer Paulo Ribeiro said : ‘We are delighted to be given the opportunity to design a building to provide its core values - library, learning, information, employability and healthy living.’

The building is a ‘glazed box’ with an integrated graphic pattern and featuring luminous green colourings that ‘seems inherent of the Idea Store image’. It has been designed to meet challenging London Plan Energy Performance requirements and features a semi-intensive planted Green Roof.


Idea Store.Key visual

Idea Store.Key visual

Project data

Architects: Bisset Adams
Location: Watney Market, Shadwell, London E1
Type Of Project: Library + Public Services
Structural Engineers: Mott MacDonald
Project Architect: David Springett
Design Team: Paulo Ribeiro / David Springett / Neil Hughes
Client: Idea Store - London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Funding: Lottery Fund / London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Tender date: September 2010
Contract duration: 52 Weeks
Gross internal floor area: 1,250m²
Form of contract: JCT Design + Build Contract
Total cost: £4.1 million
M&E consultant: Mott MacDonald
Quantity surveyor: John Burke Associates
Planning supervisor: Mott MacDonald
Planning Consultant: Terrence O’Rourke
Lighting consultant: Mott MacDonald
Main contractor: to be confirmed
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: to be confirmed
Annual Estimated CO2 emissions: 16.1kg/m2/yr Aprox.


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