04 Nov 2015

Corde team extends ADP's London studio

ADP’s London studio occupies a tranquil L-shaped courtyard a few minutes’ walk from The Shard and London Bridge, one of the fastest growing districts in the capital. ADP has taken advantage of this growth by creating two residential apartments, one studio (38 m2) and the other a two bed unit (70 m2) for the rental market.

Located at the heart of what was named ‘London’s Larder’ in the late 19th century, and around the corner from the world-renowned Borough Market, Plantain Place has Victorian origins and was formerly known as Providence Place – which was most likely residential in use. The buildings were rebuilt as workshops and warehouses with uses such as a rag and bone merchant, typewriter maker, laundry, chemist and printing works. ADP moved here in 2008.

ADP negotiated planning consent to extend the buildings with an additional floor. Informed by historical research on the previous form of buildings on the site, and to comply with planning policies, the new extension has been designed minimise impact on adjoining listed buildings and residential amenity.

Working collaboratively, the Corde team ensured careful co-ordination between architecture and engineering. Particular challenges were proving the existing structure could take the additional loading, and the insertion of new steelwork to avoid dama party walls. The flats are highly insulated to achieve an EPC rating of B, and the works raised the EPC rating of the three existing offices to C, D and E.

The site logistics were challenging with all buildings remaining in occupation throughout, but with close collaboration with the contractor the works were successfully completed.

Inside and out, the design is strikingly modern, a complementary contrast with the original building. The works included full fit-out and furniture selection by ADP Interiors. The flats were let in advance of practical completion.