Lucy Tauber

Feasibility study and detailed planning application for the Change of Use of 3 railway arches from B1 (light Industrial) to a flexible area providing D1 (art gallery and exhibition hall), D2 (music and concert hall) and Sui Generis (theatre/ performance space/nightclub) areas with an ancillary bar and canteen area (A3).

The site, a series of arches located between Bateman’s Row and New Inn Yard on the East London Line, was within the Defined Employment Area the site was adjacent to but not within the Shoreditch Saturation Zone and the South Shoreditch Conservation Area. Due to the complex nature of the regeneration of Shoreditch and issues surrounding noise pollution, access and traffic, this was a particularly detailed application.

The premises were intended to fill a unique role in the area, offering the local creative community and businesses alike an opportunity to meet, socialise and exhibit work.  Internally, the layout of the accommodation was designed to minimise the disruption upon the character and form of the arches. The preservation of the industrial character aims to create a dramatic as well as flexible interior. Modern and industrial materials aimed to enhance the appearance of the vaulted form.

Arches 482 and 483 have glazing at high level. This allows light into the units, whilst promoting the use and conversion. The glazing fits into the formation of the arches and aims to enhance the viaducts existing silhouette and form.

The single storey new build housing the lobby and WC’s sits within the existing party walls and therefore should not have detrimental impact upon the appearance of the arches. The visible walls will be built of block work with render to match the existing extensions.

In contrast to the industrial arches and the existing corrugated roof of the lead-to structure, the roof terrace planting will create a rare city garden visible from the street. It will also provide an oasis for insect and bird habitation. 

Client: Rob Gribbin
Freeholder: Transport for London
Accoustic Engineer: Arup/ Neil Jarman (Cole Jarman)