The Gramophone Works, London, United Kingdom
Architects: Studio RHE
Studio RHE to transform The Gramophone Works
The restoration of The Gramophone Works in London, formerly a vinyl factory and home to reggae label Trojan Records, has been granted planning permission
The redevelopment of The Gramophone Works by Studio RHE will see the currently dilapidated two storeys Art Deco structure restored and transformed into five storeys of offices, studios, a public café and roof garden made from an exposed timber CLT structure and large glazed elevations. The public café enjoys a timber-decked terrace looking onto the waterway, creating a lively meeting point for both the creative industry and the local community whilst re-activating the Canal side. The scheme will give the 120-year-old site a new lease of life, providing a dynamic, commercial hub that will deliver over 85,000 sq. ft. of offices and social spaces, estimated to generate over 1,000 jobs when the site is fully occupied. The Gramophone Works was designed with wellbeing in mind. It aims to attract a refreshing new generation of SME businesses from an array of creative disciplines, including fashion, graphic and interior design to start-up businesses.
Studio RHE responds to the rapidly transforming needs of the office environment, where adaptability and freedom of movement are required to accommodate a wider spectrum of activities. Flexible, efficient and functional open plan floors encourage a social working environment for occupants to share knowledge and ideas. Studio RHE’s design approach takes into consideration the long history of the site, tracing back to its origin as a canal side goods loading dock and storage shed at the turn of the century, preserving the history of a building that endured many industrious ages. A sensitive palette was chosen to evoke the eclectic yet evolved industrial form that is true to the site history; grey black brick work to compliment the site context and cladding with an anodised matt bronze aluminium finish is used to capture light while retaining an industrial feel. Richard Hywel Evans, founding director of Studio RHE said, “The Gramophone Works is a building with plenty of character and our challenge was to open up the congested space into a quality contemporary office, allowing light to fill the space. Our approach creates a link between Kensal Road, Adela Street and the Grand Union Canal towpath, establishing clear and opened vistas looking both inwards and outwards. Our intention is to re-invent this precedent as a simplified contemporary response to the current site, bringing a vibrant community to the area and future proofing the site for years to come.”
James Baker of Resolution Property said, “It is terrific that The Gramophone Works has been given the go ahead. The team has worked incredibly hard on this proposal and we are confident it will deliver a vibrant new place with leading edge workspaces and independent retail spaces for the next generation of creative businesses. The location, combined with the history and heritage of the site as a gramophone factory, will provide the perfect setting to deliver an authentic and creative redevelopment in this exciting part of London.’’ The Gramophone Works will be completing in two phases. The first phase consisting of buildings originally built in 1919, is set to complete in the summer of 2018. Works on the second phase will commence in the autumn of this year and due to complete at the end of 2019.
Studio RHE was appointed by Resolution Property for The Gramophone Works following the successful delivery of the Alphabeta Building in Moorgate. Alphabeta won extensive Awards including: RIBA London Award 2016, BCO National Refurbished/Recycled Workplace 2016, shortlisted for NLA Conservation & Retrofit People’s Choice Award 2016 and AJ Retrofit Awards 2016: Offices over 2000 metre square.
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