The Regal


Thanks to local resident enthusiasm, The Regal Highams Park will receive a new lease of life, utilising the stunning 1930s facade of the original building.

Clear Architects have produced a sympathetic yet modern design to revitalise this landmark building. A pre-application submission in 2015 grew from 1 small cinema screen and 9 flats to the redevelopment of the entire site, to provide a thriving complex with 2 cinema screens, a restaurant and 30 apartments.

The Regal

What We Propose

The original cinema closed in 1971, and what was once a beautiful Art Deco building became dilapidated. Reinstating The Regal became pivotal to the continued regeneration programme in Highams Park.

Drawing from the site’s Art Deco heritage, our vision was to preserve the locally-listed original building. Our proposal includes a rooftop extension and apartment building adjacent to the site, with a contemporary interpretation that would become a landmark for the town.

  • Location
    Highams Park, London, E4
  • Status
    Planning Approved

Taking its design ethos from the original facade of the building, emphasis is given to brick detailing, verticality of window placement and the use of aqua green.

A stunning 2-storey roof extension provides additional accommodation. It will be principally formed of glass, with an aqua ‘Metallic Veil’ (metal mesh cladding). This will be draped around the extension, acting as a curtain to provide privacy for the occupiers, as well as a stunning piece of architecture.

Built around a central atrium, the residential accommodation will be accessed via a series of sky landings that will flood the apartments with light.

A simple selection of red ‘Regal’ bricks, white glazed brick, polished white concrete walkways and white metal balustrades continue the Art Deco theme. The central lift, with its silver metallic veil, will complement the roof extension.

The idea of sky landings came from Melanie Clear’s work on the famous and iconic Burberry Building.

Design Features

  • Preserve an iconic building
  • Complete refurbishment of existing Art Deco external structure
  • Encapsulate the period with brick detailing, verticality of window placement and use of aqua green
  • Luxury 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, some with feature glass balconies
  • High quality interior detailing
  • A bank of photovoltaic cells (solar panels) to the roof to reduce CO2  emissions
  • Introduction of a metallic veil as a design feature and practical solution for occupants’ privacy
  • Apartments will be well-lit by natural light thanks to the intelligent design ethos
  • Spaces will be cleverly lit through punched holes in the fabric
  • Full height Art Deco windows and doors to facade