Sainsbury's Camden

Grimshaw, London, 1988


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Principle elevation on Camden Road 

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  • Principle elevation on Camden Road    
  • Main entrance placed between supermarket and existing church    
  • Colonnade of tie rods    
  • Ground floor steel railinga and ventilation moat and first floor fenestrations    
  • Fire escape staircase    
  • Detail of escape staircase and end of office accommodation    
  • Exterior metal cladding    
  • Tie rods anchor the ends of the roof structure girders    
  • Tubular support structure on Kentish Town Road    
  • Rooflight over foyer    
  • Metal clad housing terrace and timber slatted balconies    
  • Cantilevered first floor    
  • Supermarket interior     
  • Supermarket interior    
  • Internal view of kitchen and glazed wall    
  • Internal view of living room    
  • Internal view of roof light    
  • Internal staircase    
  • Facade from Camden Road    
  • Studio workshop block on Kentish Town Road    
  • Portcullis controls vehicle entry to car park    
  • End of supermarket and fire exit staircase    
  • Central service courtyard    
  • Housing viewed from canal path    
  • Location plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Floor plans    
  • Section    
  • Supermarket isometric    
  • Cut away isometric of housing    
  • Sketch showing pedestrian and vehicle movment through the site and the relationship between the three seperate elements    
  • Sectional isometric of Camden Road elevation    
  • Section through cladding    
  • Section    

Mixed-use scheme comprising a supermarket, car park, workshops and canal side residential development located on a brownfield site in a former industrial area of north London

The site in Camden is bordered by three major roads and a canal and the planners were insistent on a comprehensive redevelopment to help reverse the socio-economic blight on the area.

The brief required a large amount of essentially windowless single storey space. To approximate the building line of Georgian terraces opposite, the design of an arched roof form supported by cantilevers emerged - steadied by columns of clustered toe rods. These columned bays echo the scale of shops and houses on the other side of the Camden Road.

Grimshaw placed staff rooms and storage at first floor level with grey pressed-aluminium panels with strip windows. The shop front is fully glazed to allow an uninterrupted view of the shop floor and to provide staff with extra contact with the outside world.


  • Begun: 1987
  • Completed: 1988
  • Floor area: 6,000m2
  • Sector: Retail
  • Total cost: £14M
  • Address: 17-21 Camden Road, Camden, London, NW1 9LJ, United Kingdom


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