Planning approved for Kingsland Road arches
We are delighted that planning permission has been granted for Transport for London’s (TFL) scheme to revamp seven commercial units in the East London Line’s railway arches in Shoreditch.
The Kingsland Road site has a series of derelict spaces running north from what was formerly the Shoreditch Station before its closure in 1940. The arches and office space, located near the junction of Kingsland Road and Old Street, will be transformed into a new attractive area with opportunities for retail, food, and drink outlets.
The scheme has been designed by Fletcher Priest Architects and will include the installation of new glass shop fronts, whilst the stone work will be relocated within the new buildings. The office space on the first and second floor of 5 Kingsland Road will be retained. This will create a new connection through to previously inaccessible arches, increasing the usable space with new doorways to re-activate a long run of closed street frontage.
Waterman’s Building Services team worked closely with Fletcher Priest Architects to develop the M&E and Energy Strategy for the Kingsland Road scheme, adopting solutions that sympathetically integrate the building services into the exciting new spaces. The design allows for the M&E services to be entirely exposed against the striking brick structure. Furthermore, mezzanine-plant decks will discretely conceal the main plant that will provide 100% renewable energy heating via air source heat pumps.
Graeme Craig, TfL’s Commercial Development Director, said in their recent press release; “Transforming the arches at Kingsland Road will bring a new lease of life to these vacant units, while maintaining the character of the area. They will provide a new location for business to thrive and are one of the many ways that we are raising vital revenue to reinvest in the transport network.”
Ed Williams, Partner at Fletcher Priest Architects, also commented; “Revealing the arches and engaging with the high street adds another enticing layer of diversity to the Old Shoreditch Station area and beyond.”
Waterman’s Building Services Director, Mark Terndrup, who worked closely with Fletcher Priest Architects, commented; “It has been really exciting to work on this scheme. The old arches are very unique and exposing them with the new glazed frontage will add character to the local neighbourhood. It was important to express the existing structure and we have developed an approach to the exposed M&E services design which is both energy efficient and visually interesting in its design.”