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.