Deptford Creekside

Deptford, London

We were appointed to put forward a mixed-use proposal comprising creative workspace and apartments that responded to the historic and artistic character of the Creekside Conservation area.

Detailed studies into the architectural and social history of Creekside were carried out in order to inform a sensitive design proposal. With reference to the local creative culture, materials and architectural motifs of the historic industrial buildings nearby, the new building can be fully integrated into Creekside without compromising its character.

The proposal provides over 1,500 sqm creative workspace, the majority of which will be held on a long lease by Lewisham Council, a fully open working yard, and 56 new homes in a high quality and distinctive new building that draws on the Creekside’s industrial heritage.

Team: CMA Planning (Planning) / XC02 (M&E) / Conisbee (Structures) / SpaceHub (Landscape)

Collaborators: Jonny Allams

"From a Regeneration and wider economic perspective, as well has providing much needed housing, the increase in the amount of employment floor space should drive further economic benefits supporting other developments on Creekside and in Deptford Town Centre."

Freddie Murray Service Group Manager for Property, Asset Strategy & Estates Regeneration and Place London Borough of Lewisham

The form and massing has been informed by the wider context of Creekside, specifically the industrial mill buildings which historically lined the Creek.

The proposal for the massing takes the basic plan form of the workspace and divide it in two, raising each element to a different height. A conventional bar-form of accommodation is thus re-provided as a more varied and interesting townscape proposition. By splitting the accommodation in two and manipulating the massing, we allow glimpses of sky between the taller elements, visually breaking down the perceived mass and bulk of the building.