Stepney City Farm Reception Screen and Courtyard

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Screen and external works to existing reception buildings (portcabins) at Stepney City Farm

Stepney City Farm in Tower Hamlets provides rural experiences to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Farm management and the café operate from two connecting portacabins near the entrance. Following recent internal refurbishment, the Farm wanted these buildings to present a stronger and more welcoming face to the street.

Our solution is a new wrap-around reception screen forming a backdrop to a new courtyard incorporating seating, accessible decking, a sheltered café terrace, storage for boots and a multi-use ‘square’.

With its playful hatches and openings the screen is highly adaptable. The variety of opening patterns allow for a changing façade throughout the day. Hatches become shelves, window canopies, shop/café information boards and a table for the sale of farm produce. The modest timber construction reflects adjacent farm structures, its fencing, animal pens and barns. The project was built by Streetscape, a social enterprise, providing apprenticeships for long-term unemployed young people.

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  • Begun: Feb 2013
  • Completed: Jun 2013
  • Floor area: 140m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £21,970
  • Funding: Private funding
  • Procurement: Private Client Agreement
  • Address: Stepney City Farm, Stepney High Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 3DG, United Kingdom

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