Former carburettor factory wins an award


We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Workspace’s Faircharm Creative Quarter, SE8, has won a New London Award (NLA) in recognition of its pioneering design and architecture.

The buildings deemed worthy of the award were two former carburettor factories which have been 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 on the upper floors.

Creekside has become home to a large number of artists, creative individuals and small businesses and 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 provide new, public open spaces so the local community will enjoy better access to Deptford Creek and views of the River Thames. Even more vitally, when completed, the scheme will provide over 350 jobs on the site.

The new building themselves have also been designed to fit in to and make best use of the historic district. There will be light wells, enabling every unit to receive natural light. Paul Karakusevic from Karakusevic Carson Architects, who designed Faircharm, said:

"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."

We don’t like to boast but, 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.

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