Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
The Granary in London , England by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
September 28th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
This project showcases the creation of new life for old buildings whilst respecting and celebrating their integrity and providing facilities to meet 21st-century needs.
Fundamental to the design was a sensitive approach to the building’s rescue and restoration with carefully considered retention of its gracefully aged qualities.
The new is both a dramatic statement and a delicate intervention, while the whole is a harmonious fusion of antique and contemporary. The refurbished Granary, with its new bronze-clad extension was awarded a prestigious Civic Trust award and an Emirates Glass Leaf 2012 Award in the category Refurbishment of the year award.
Located in Roding Valley, Abbey Road Riverside Conservation Area in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, the locally listed granary building had been derelict and unoccupied for some considerable time and was in urgent need of comprehensive restoration to bring it back into use.
London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) obtained detailed planning consent in September 2009 with a scheme centred on the former granary and malthouse buildings.
Rooff had decided to relocate its head office complex following the successful 2012 Olympic decision and the emerging regeneration opportunities at its existing site in Stratford. It acquired the site in March 2010 and was closely involved with LTGDC and the development plans, having first identified the building as a potential location in August 2005. This scheme marks one of the first projects to complete and demonstrates Rooff’s commercial commitment to the future of the area.
The essence of the design was to optimise the use of the space both in the new and old buildings whilst at the same time preserving the original character and historical references. Although substantial work was needed to repair and restore the fabric, as far as possible the ethos of the conversion was sensitive restoration; a light and gentle touch. All lean-to extensions and non-original secondary structures were removed and formerly bricked-up windows opened. A new extension has been added, which is respectful of the original building and takes its cue from the gables. The new extension is attached to the original building via a vertical circulation core and a high-level bridge link.
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