Retrofit Studies for Newham Council
BakerBrown were appointed by the London Borough of Newham to undertake a series of design feasibility studies for four different sites in Newham. The projects are funded by the London Borough of Newham’s successful application to the government’s UK Community Renewal Fund, ‘Unlocking Green Enterprise opportunities in the south of Newham’. The funding proposes to develop an overarching business case and delivery strategy for Green Enterprise (SFGE) initiatives in North Woolwich and Beckton informed by detailed feasibility studies and a pilot project. Initial studies focused on BakerBrown building relationships with community stakeholders and identifying and understanding opportunities for building a Green Economy in these areas. Part of the emerging strategy is to invest in existing council properties that are currently disused but are in locations central to the local community and have the potential to be refurbished to provide a network of vibrant hubs or “Engine Rooms” in the south of the borough.
Buildings under the study varied enormously in size and vintage, ranging as they did. from 1890’s and 1920’s, to the 1980’s. The buildings also had completely different previous functions and therefore required different future programmes that ranged from serviced office space, makers spaces, and cafes, to community event spaces and sports facilities.
Read more about the individual projects on our news page here