The Roper Makers site was divided by an access road which, as part of the future Charton Riverside Regeneration masterplan, would become a key artery for vehicle movement. There were also complicated constraints imposed by a neighbouring recording studio which had a right of access across one half of the site for tour buses,
in addition to their acoustic requirements. Coordinating these requirements with the surrounding developments and the council required innovative thinking, and collaborative discussions with the recording studio and other local businesses.
Innovative Mixed-use Typlogy
This site offered the opportunity to mark the start of the Charlton Riverside Regeneration, mediating the transition from existing terraced housing to new residential led developments. We used the access road to demarcate the site, with the southern half providing c.3,500sqm of new industrial typology floorspace, catering to the growing demand across the capital and creating increased value.
For the northern half of the masterplan, we worked collaboratively with the recording studio to relocate them adjacent to the access road. This removed the access requirements across the site, creating an expansive pedestrianised area that linked into the neighbouring developments. This also presented the exciting opportunity to create a purpose-built recording studio and music venue at the heart of the proposals.