Over the past 20 years, this former carpark has been gradually transformed into a lively community hub. Bradbury Works is operated by not-for profit community interest company Hackney Co-operative Developments.
Refurb of 600m2 existing affordable workspace + replacement of ten mini retail units + provision of 500m2 extra workspace in 2-storey extension
AJ Architecture Awards 2023 Shortlist: Refurb + Workplace Project (< £20m)
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Original masonry structure of existing Victorian terrace retained + renovated: provides small + medium 10-36m2 workspace units
3rd floor new accommodation provides 40-65m2 workspaces: simple pitched roof ensures overshadowing of the square is minimal + new extension largely unseen from Bradbury Street conservation area
Prefabricated steel frame + no internal load bearing partitions on the top floor = easily modifiable in the future
Minimalist interiors + excellent natural light: palette of grey + white giving tenants a blank canvas to customise
Covered double height external terrace provides breakout space – with picnic tables, evergreen ferns, climbing plants
Large flexible meeting + event space can be hired by tenants as well as wider community
New 10m2 retail pods with fully openable glazed frontages – protected by profiled metal gates providing security when closed + vibrant tenant signage when open
The polycarbonate panels covering the extension allow the form of the original brick terrace to still be identifiable – with large openings giving each floor's deck views of the square. "We were really interested in a form of architectural expression that would allow the original Victorian brick terrace to read almost as a ghost within a lightweight wrap," explained Alex Smith, architect. "At night it almost reads like an X-ray."
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