Industrial estates have long been thought of like burial grounds or abattoirs - bad neighbours unable to be socialised into the rest of society. Well, that might have been the industrial revolution, but a scratch underneath the surface of what happens in many industrial estates reveals rich ecologies of working and innovating. As industry diversifies, cleans up and in some cases collapses the supply chain from maker to consumer under the one roof, perhaps it is ready for this once blacklisted posse to rejoin our cities as neighbourhood assets...
At Hawkins\Brown we are identifying opportunities and proposing development typologies that allow industrial sites to intensify their offer as well as integrate with their emerging surroundings. A key challenge is how to allow an organically grown cluster of businesses to continue to thrive while making space for a modern stock of warehouse and employment space fit for the 21st century. An approach to industrial development that makes space for diverse workspaces will enable the unlocking of many sites around London, making the city both liveable and industrious.
“A key challenge is how to allow an organically grown cluster of businesses to continue to thrive while making space for a modern stock of warehouse and employment space fit for the 21st century.”
“In the urban age, this only stands a chance when an approach to developing industrial land goes beyond the estate boundaries and integrates into the fabric of the city.”