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Studio Octopi wins planning for glazed workshop roof extension

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Studio Octopi has won planning permission to build a roof extension for furniture designer James Burleigh’s workshop in Brent, north-west London

The London-based practice will create a 125m² single-storey addition to the firm’s existing building. 

The ‘lantern’ extension is clad in translucent glass and will provide a small terrace at first-floor level alongside improved staff facilities.

The glazing extends to replace the first-floor loading doors, which the practice says will improve the design of the internal space, as well as bringing the qualities of the extension to the street.

Burleigh’s workshop is on Steele Road in Park Royal, one of London’s primary industrial areas and its largest area of Strategic Industrial Land (SIL).

Work is expected to start on site in late 2019.



Architect’s view

This design is envisaged as a single-storey ‘lantern’ on top of the existing building. From the street the lantern appears to sit atop of the existing building while from the rear, the new façade continues down the face of the building, changing the external fenestration at first-floor level; tying the old and new together. Similarly to the front the glazing extends to replace the first-floor loading doors, improving the usability of the internal space, as well as bringing the qualities of the extension to the street; making a coherent, singular building.

Responding to the furniture and design ethos of James Burleigh, the proposal has a regular, uniform design which is subtly altered through applied linings. The second-floor extension has a simple, singular cladding system of translucent linear channel glass, creating a uniform surface around the perimeter of the extension. This wrapped cladding is then varied with windows and solid walls to introduce varying levels of transparency and opacity in response to the internal requirements of the ancillary office, display and storage areas.

APPROVED: Studio Octopi's proposals for James Burleigh's studio in Park Royal


Project data

Location Park Royal, London 
Type of project Extension and refurbishment
Client James Burleigh
Architect Studio Octopi
Structural engineer Foster Structures
Tender date Q2 2019
Gross internal floor area Existing 420m²; extension 125m² 

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