Placemaking in east London
Tasked with attracting creative and digital businesses to the former industrial landscape, south of the Olympic Park in Stratford, we are producing a cluster of unique offices and workspaces to form the commercial element of this major regeneration project, which includes over 1,200 new homes.
For the project we used a variety of traditional and large timber structural methods to both refurbish existing historic buildings, and create new structures to sit alongside them – including pure CLT, a combination of glulam and CLT and a CLT and steel hybrid structure.
In line with the existing industrial character of the site, the new buildings are low-rise, with clear forms, and whilst the use of brickwork was key in creating a site-wide vernacular, we used variations in colour and detailing to create character and interest between each one. Exposed timber is used throughout to promote a healthy and comfortable work environment.
We used lanes between the buildings to frame views of the river and reinforce links to the public domain, and varied internal and external meeting spaces to form a connected, community-based hub for young creative businesses.