Macaulay Walk

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Reinstated internal street
New studios with connecting galleries
Macaulay Road
Site plan
Old and new
Converted camera shop and store
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 97 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 to the rear of the site, This allows for a multi-occupancy commercial building suitable for a variety of different sizes and types of business but also includes the option to convert to residential use if units are empty after a 12 month period. This straightforward conversion ensures buildings are occupied throughout the development.

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


Grainger plc


2014 AJ Retrofit Awards - Shortlisted for the Housing category

2015 RESI Awards - Highly Commended for Development of the Year

2015 Building Awards - Finalist for Housing Project of the Year

2014 The Sunday Times British Homes Awards - Winner of Development of the Year

2014 The Sunday Times British Homes Awards - Winner of Mixed-use Development of the Year

2014 What House? Awards - Gold Winner of Best Brownfield Development

2014 What House? Awards - Gold Winner of Best Apartment Scheme

2014 What House? Awards - Silver Winner of Best Mixed-use Development

2014 What House? Awards - Bronze Winner of Best Development


RIBA Stages

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Site history

Former Ross Optical Works manufacturing facility

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