The Old Spratts Factory

Space Group Architects, London , 2016

 

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Refurbishment of a residential unit within a converted dog biscuit factory

This particular building used to contain the grain and flour warehouse and two bakeries. It was originally converted very poorly and some of the original features suffered as a result of that, plus the functionality for residential use was also compromised.

The practice changed the layout to provide an extra bedroom, an extra bathroom, an additional shower and a dedicated study area. The existing bathrooms and kitchen have also been replaced, plenty of storage has been added, the heating and all lighting has been enhanced and the entire space received a thermal, fire and acoustic upgrade to meet current Building Regulations.

Original features have been exposed, laid bare and refurbished. These have been complemented with both natural and artificial lighting, as well as a renewed staircase and galleried walkway.

The minimal bathrooms feature polished cementitious surfaces which sit in stark contrast to especially handmade tiles, quirky joinery and the existing brick and steel structure. In order to keep the costs low the contractor managed to source second hand taps which, whilst high in quality, actually complete the used look.

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  • Begun: May 2016
  • Completed: Dec 2016
  • Floor area: 300m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £150,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Feb 2016
  • Procurement: JCT MWD
  • Address: The Old Spratts Factory , Unit 4 Block B, 2 Fawe Street , London , E14 6PD, United Kingdom

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