Low-cost workshops, studios and a public café for fashion enterprises
Adams & Sutherland for Poplar Harca
Contract value: £4.9m
Cost per m2: £2,721
Two rows of garages near the A12 are transformed into 45 low-cost workshops, studios and a public café for fashion enterprises. The plan follows the existing linear footprint, refurbished into ground floor units, with new upper floors in exposed CLT. Sawtooth rooflights and a running-stitch of light along the eave create an industrial character, along with the painted steel structure, existing block-work walls and surface-mounted conduits. Horizontal circulation is external, via the street at ground floor level and an external steel walkway above, over-clad with timber for privacy. Coloured timber boards create an active and legible street frontage.