Workspace’s Faircharm Creative Quarter wins New London Award in recognition of its pioneering design and architecture

Workspace Group, “Workspace”, London’s leading provider of space to new and growing businesses, is pleased to announce that The Faircharm Creative Quarter, SE8, a redevelopment project in the Deptford Creek conservation area, has received a New London Award (NLA) in the Mixed-Use category in recognition of its pioneering design and architecture.

The mixed use scheme, which achieved planning consent in the Summer 2013, is a refurbishment and reconfiguration of the existing buildings, two former carburettor factories, while retaining the character of this vibrant creative district. The blocks will be fully restored and refurbished to provide a mix of workshops and studios for new and growing creative businesses, as well as an extended café space and 148 new residential units. A series of four new buildings will create additional high quality work spaces with the residential accommodation on the upper floors.

Creekside has become home to a large number of artists, creative individuals and small businesses and the redevelopment will help to realise the aspirations for the area as the focus for the creative industries sector. The proposals for the scheme were the result of considerable Community consultation and close liaison between Workspace and Lewisham Council.

The 52,000 sq ft business centre will be tailored to the needs of small businesses and its creative industry customers as well as contributing new, public open spaces which will enable the local community better access to Deptford Creek and views of the River Thames. When completed, the scheme will provide over 350 jobs on the site. The mix of activities will contribute to a safer more active public space.

The proposals create a series of legible spaces and views between the retained buildings and new-build elements which are designed to respect the urban grain of the historic district with its established network of courtyards and alleys, as well as an inclusion of a light well into each of the buildings to enable every unit to receive natural light. The insertion of courtyards within the retained blocks will also help to create more informal gathering and work spaces that will help make up a diverse and attractive succession of outdoor spaces across the site.

The Faircharm Creative Quarter was declared outright winner despite stiff competition from a strong selection of projects, including Battersea Power Station, Imperial Wharf, BBC Television Centre, The Old Vinyl Factory and One Eagle Place.

The award was announced at NLA’s Annual Lunch at The Guildhall on the 9th July 2014 and the designs will be featured in the NLA galleries alongside all shortlisted schemes at The Building Centre.

Commenting on the award, Jamie Hopkins, Workspace’s Chief Executive Officer, said:

“I am incredibly proud of this achievement which I believe reflects the high regard we have for the design, look and feel of all our redevelopments and refurbishments and the communities surrounding them. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Karakusevic Carson Architects and Lewisham Council who have been working with us throughout the project, with obvious success, to create an amazing new scheme that optimises the site while retaining both its unique history and local character.

“The Faircharm Creative Quarter will be an exciting and vibrant space which will not only benefit the business community, providing customers with well designed, state of the art facilities and flexible leases, but also the community, creating local employment, providing living space as well as amenities.”

Paul Karakusevic from Karakusevic Carson Architects added:

“The scheme shows how affordable workspace and housing can co-exist on tight urban sites, utilising existing buildings where possible and responding to the surrounding major London infrastructure and local character to make a truly unique place.”

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