The Regal


Local resident enthusiasm for breathing new life into The Regal Highams Park and utilising the original cinema’s stunning 1930s facade has seen Clear Architects produce a sympathetic yet modern design for this landmark building.

A Pre-application submission in 2015 grew from 1 small cinema screen and 9 flats to redevelopment of the entire site, to provide a thriving complex with 2 cinema screens, a restaurant and 30 unique apartments.

The Regal

What We Propose

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

Drawing from the sites Art Deco heritage our vision was to preserve the original building that is locally listed and create 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 façade, emphasis is given to brick detailing, verticality of window placement and use of aqua green.

A stunning two storey roof extension provides additional accommodation and is principally formed of glass with an aqua ‘Metallic Veil’ (metal mesh cladding) which drapes the extension acting as a ‘curtain’ to provide privacy for the occupiers as well as a stunning piece of architecture.

The residential accommodation built around a central atrium is accessed via a series of ‘Sky Landings’ which 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, with the central Lift with silver ‘metallic veil’ complimenting the roof extension.

The idea of ‘Sky Landings’ came from Melanie Clear working 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 one, two and three bedroom apartments, some with feature glass balconies
  • High quality interior detailing
  • A bank of photovoltaic cells (solar panels) to the roof reduce CO2  emissions
  • Introduction of a Metallic Veil as both a design feature and practical solution to occupants privacy
  • Apartments well lit by natural light due to an intelligent design ethos
  • Spaces cleverly lit through ‘punched’ holes in the fabric
  • Full height ‘Art Deco’ windows/doors to facade