The Substation

Industrial Refurbishment and Re-use

The structure of this former substation had a strong utilitarian character, from which our design was developed

The Substation More

What We Propose

The third planning application to truly explore the best this site and old building could be.

By retaining existing heavy internal walls we have prevented the demolition of the building and provided a mix of apartments, whilst preserving, even enhancing the original fabric of the building.

The accommodation comprises one one-bedroom apartment, seven two-bedroom apartments and one three-bedroom penthouse apartment.  The design focuses on maximising the size of each unit and providing additional desirable elements, including a private garden, balcony or terrace to most apartments and large window apertures that will flood internal spaces with light.

Externally, the design focuses on complementing the existing brickwork and window detailing of the building, with burnt orange glazed brick and smooth concrete cladding. The design provides an architectural statement within this part of Leytonstone, encouraging innovation and regeneration with the locale.

  • Location
    Leytonstone, London
  • Size
    761 square metres
  • Status
    Planning Approved
  • Cost

The Substation Design Features

  • Existing structure and internal fabric retained and integral to the interior design of the building
  • All habitable rooms located on the edge of the building to make the most of the natural light, whilst bathrooms, stairs, hallways and lifts are concentrated within the centre of the building
  • Large window apertures have been incorporated
  • Enhance original brickwork detailing by cleaning and re-pointing
  • Create new openings with existing informing the concrete detailing
  • New burnt orange glazed brick provides relief to the roof and connects to the unique brick coursing
  • Creation of substantial cycle facilities, including space for helmets and clothing, to support affordable green transportation

The Former Building