Jan 02, 2020

Faraday Works: A compelling exemplar for the future of London’s industrial land

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We have now submitted plans for Faraday Works, part of the first phase of the Charlton Riverside Masterplan, which sits within a corner of the Westminster Industrial Estate in Greenwich, South London. Whilst today the site is characterised by neglected warehouse buildings, it was once part of the wider Siemens Brothers’ estate which employed over 6,000 people. It is this rich provenance and purpose that provides us and our clients, U + I and Galliard Homes, with a great yet challenging opportunity to create a pioneering new community.

The truly mixed use development will focus on employment-led regeneration, creating around 900 jobs. Our role at Faraday Works includes setting the overarching area framework, and we’re also leading the detail design for the public realm as well as six of the buildings: Eastmoor Building, Faraday Yard Building, Faraday Building, Wire Workshops, Faraday Factory and Unity House. To enrich the architectural proposals, we’ve collaborated with Coffey Architects who are designing the Junction Box and Telephone Buildings. Together with our clients, we’re crafting a place where legacy and purpose are at the heart, and we have made sure that this feeds into every part of our proposal for positive change.

Activating the ground floor of existing and proposed buildings will be a programme of workshop spaces, cafés, and exhibition areas, along with an innovative stacked factory and a new business incubator. A diversity of activities ensures optimal use during the day and night, improving the quality and vibrancy of the site, whilst allowing existing neighbouring businesses to continue to operate. Sitting alongside the workspaces are 492 new homes, all designed to be suitable for this transitional industrial location and ensure accessibility and affordability for as many people as possible.

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Faraday Works: A compelling exemplar for the future of London’s industrial land