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SODA to create arts hub in Brutalist Docklands factory building


London-based practice SODA is to transform a Brutalist building in the Royal Docks into workshops for creative industries

The firm will create an arts hub at the Silver Building, a former Carlsberg-Tetley plant in Silvertown, east London. Overlooking the Docklands Light Railway, the 4,700m² 1960s building has been derelict for more than 20 years.

The project, to be led by entrepreneur Nick Hartwright, has received support from the Mayor of London and cash from the London Regeneration Fund.

Workshops in the rear yard will be accessible by the local community and served by a new café. On the ground floor, non-structural walls will be removed to create a new entrance, café space and workshop.

A new central lift will provide access to the upper levels, where office and studio spaces will be created, with a new feature window that will connect a bar and gallery space to a double-height workshop below.

On the third floor, existing internal partitions will be removed to create music studios plus breakout and office space. New stairs will also be added to connect the occupants to a proposed roof terrace that could host functions.

SODA director Russell Potter said: ‘We’re delighted to be working on a truly innovative project that will provide sought-after workspaces for London’s creative communities. The Silver Building provides us with a chance to respond directly to the capital’s built form and re-purpose it for the future.’

Hartwright said: ‘The Silver Building is an incredibly exciting project and a perfect example of how modern regeneration should be carried out. Over the coming years we’re going to put Silvertown on the map.’

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: ‘I’m delighted to support projects such as The Silver Building in Silvertown – the first step in bringing a creative community to the Royal Docks and enabling London’s emerging artists to flourish so that we can maintain our position as the world’s capital of culture.’


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  • Good to see a relatively modern redundant London building being transformed into something really useful and genuinely valuable rather than being flattened and rebuilt at least twice as high in 21st Century Banal style. Shame it took twenty years.

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