The site abuts the Thameslink Railway station to the south, with the main elevation to Field Street from which the commercial premises are accessed.
The entrance to the residential accommodation is from Leeke Street. The existing building on the site was single storey and built as a print works but is now home to music rehearsal studios.
The extension of the property saw an increase of eighty-percent to the first floor studio space and an additional two floors of private residential above.
The new construction perches elegantly on top of the existing roofline. The external façade is clad in oxidised copper ‘scales’ that overlap and soften the dominant geometry of the building.
The window reveals around the floor to ceiling glazing add depth to the copper surface, whilst opaque slot windows play with the relief and transparency on the new studio floor.
The flat roof is planted with a sedum blanket, while powder-coated steel balconies offer external space to the apartments.
The construction of the building presented a number of challenges owing to the adjacent railway line and the need for acoustic separation between the first floor music rehearsal studios and the private apartments above.
Likewise the proximity of the railway restricted any structural work within three metres of the boundary to minimise pressure imposed on the Victorian retaining wall.
The resulting building manages to unify this challenging site and create a new urban block that is striking but simple.
Specialist copper contractor: Roles Ltd
Main contractor: Charter Construction