Macaulay Walk

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The private courtyard space within Building J
This CGI was used to promote the scale and openness of the private courtyard within Building J.
Building J with connecting galleries
Glazed footbridges providing access to commercial units
Completed commercial building
Contemporary design for the new commercial element has an industrial feel
Site plan
Buildings clustered around the 'internal' historic street
Aerial view of the consented scheme
The scheme in the context of a very densely developed area of Clapham
A mixed-use residentially led scheme in the heart of Clapham Old Town. Macaulay Walk carefully remodels existing buildings and adds a number of contemporary designs to create 98 residential units and 30,000 sq ft of commercial studio floor space.

The £22 million development for Grainger plc is a collection of six 19th century warehouses, most of which have been retained and a number of contemporary residential and commercial buildings that clustered around a historic pedestrian route to Clapham Common.

The site was formerly a notable optical works, Ross & Co and is set over eleven buildings, many of which are retained industrial structures that make a positive contribution to the conservation area and other contemporary additions that are designed to complement this character. 

Our mixed-use development offers an array of residential accommodation, including 33% affordable and shared ownership units, single and duplex apartments and private houses. All of the accommodation has been designed to a high specification and parking across the site is placed within the basement of the largest building.

The new buildings are meticulously designed with attention to height, massing, materials and spatial relationships in order to draw inspiration from the site’s varied historical context. The original industrial buildings are laid out close together along an ‘internal’ historic street and this is reinforced with the proximity of the contemporary buildings.

The development has gained dual planning consent for one of the plots - Building J. This allows for a multi-occupancy commercial building suitable for a variety of different sizes and types of businesses, but also includes the option to convert to residential use if studios remain empty after a 12 month period following practical completion.

The commercial element of the building is complete and set around a landscaped central courtyard with footbridges providing access to the studio spaces. The balance of the scheme is due for completion in March 2014.

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Blending historic with contemporary
Macaulay Walk
29-33 Macaulay Road
Clapham, SW4 0QU


Grainger PLC


RIBA Stages

Proposed use

Site history

Former Ross Optical Works manufacturing facility

Site area


Gross internal area




Plot ratio


Construction value


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