JTP has moved one step closer towards the completion of our new studio after receiving Listed Building Consent for works to Pennington Street Warehouse at London Dock, in Wapping.
Designed by the Dock’s surveyor, engineer David Alexander, and constructed in phases between 1804-1806, the Grade II Listed Pennington Street Warehouse (PSW) was originally used to store fortified luxury commodities such as ivory, spices, coffee and cocoa as well as wine, spirits and wool. Aside from partial reconstruction of the roof following WWII bomb damage, the warehouse was largely unaltered when the Dock closed in 1969. The site was purchased by News International in 1979 and was home to The Times, Sunday Times, The Sun and the News of the World for almost 30 years.
In 2014, St George received consent for the shell and core works to Pennington Street Warehouse including a new roof and the breaking through of the vaults to create a triple height atrium within the heart of the studio. JTP applied for permission for the installation of a mezzanine along with the mix of facilities required by an office in December 2016, and received permission from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in March 2017. Demolition works are now well underway on site and we anticipate moving to Pennington Street in early 2018.
The design of JTP’s new studio focuses on creating an innovative and collaborative working environment with large, open plan office spaces mixed with smaller quiet zones in a flexible working environment that will allow the user to adapt to the task at hand. The striking existing features within Pennington Street Warehouse, including the inset arches and dramatic vaulted basement are all being utilised by JTP, with subtle interventions that will turn these spaces into areas to sit and work.
The proposals have been achieved in a collaborative process involving JTP employees at every stage. Regular design reviews with practice Partners have been interspersed with presentations to the team along with surveys to gather feedback. This engaging process has led to the shaping of an innovative and flexible studio, which will form part of the exciting new cultural quarter in Wapping.