Caxton Works

Canning Town, London
U+I Group, Galliard Homes
Completed 2018

The scheme in Canning Town provides 336 much needed new homes and lays the foundations of a new community with forward-thinking enterprises on the site. Our design process for this project was employment led. This approach was taken to ensure that employment space will never be turned into residential and that the buildings and forms put in place can accommodate a changing and multifaceted set of businesses and uses. The Goswell site provides 210 studio to three bed apartment homes and 20 affordable homes, the Moss Electrical site, 126 apartments and 16 affordable homes. The rooftop duplexes are distinctive profiled curved forms whilst the landscape strategy brings ecology and vegetation into an industrial landscape creating distinct, liveable places.

At the heart of the mixed-use development is Hoy Street, which will be part pedestrianised. Commercial units on the ground and mezzanine levels are designed to attract businesses in need of affordable space – for example by competing for use by creative business. Caxton Street North has the potential to become a local destination because the flexible space, characterised by adaptable façades, allows companies to experiment with different ways of trading, for example, by opening their doors on weekend mornings.

The charity, House of Fairytales (who moved into one of the warehouse buildings on-site) has helped breathe new life into the disused industrial buildings by starting outreach work with local schools and other arts-based organisations in the wider community. As a result, the old factories were already hosting exhibitions and workshops for children long before the final building stages.

Photogaphy by Benedict Luxmoore.

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