The project aims to create economic opportunities through the reuse of the vacant buildings to create affordable office accommodation and provide approximately 1650m2 of useable floor space for small businesses helping to secure the future of these much dilapidated buildings. Simultaneously the aim is to transform these buildings into a visually innovative and vibrant building at this important gateway into the city.
Complex ownership issues, the proximity to Bridgeton Railway station and the in tact successful local businesses beneath, meant in depth studies were required up to Stage C to establish the best layout to help inform the acquisition process.
An upper quartile EPC certificate is being achieved through the deliberate use of natural ventilation (working in tandem with good daylighting) where ever possible, the use of high levels of insulation where new walls are being constructed and auxiliary systems such as a small array of solar water heaters on the roof to contribute to the communal areas heating load.
The design team committed to this project, working alongside the client to foster good community relationships and Collective augmented their own expertise by bringing in Anne Flint associates who brought additional skills and recording of community participation results to the project.
The highly visible rear elevation was identified earlier on as a key elevation and targeted for a lighting installation and potential art work. Collective brought on board internationally renowned artist Toby Paterson to develop proposals. The collaborative outcome is a graphical treatment that relates to the local area’s history of weaving and dying and also the context of red brick and salmon sandstone tenements to create a facade that both harmonises with the neighbouring buildings and context but at the same time creates a strong individual presence for the building.C