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Regent's Wharf \

A canal-side campus for creative industrialists

A carefully stitched together campus of tech-ready new-build commercial space and sensitively restored canal fronting warehouse spaces to provide Islington with 165,000 sq ft of adaptable work and social space for the creative communities’ startups, grow-ons and fully fledged businesses.

Regent’s Wharf is made up of a collection of refurbished canal-side warehouse buildings and a new tech-ready office building positioned around each other to form a buzzing central courtyard.

Diversity is at the heart of the scheme. The buildings have specifically been designed to encourage a variety of occupants. Small 1 and 2 person start-up / retail pods sit cheek-by-jowel with co-working spaces, smaller ‘SME sized’ units and larger fully serviced commercial spaces.

At the ground floor restaurants, cafés, showcase galleries, pop-up shops and a networking / events lounge provide opportunities for the occupiers to interact and engage with each other, exchanging ideas and forming new collaborative businesses.

These spaces spill out into the courtyard and enjoy uninterrupted views along the serene natural corridor formed by Regent’s Canal. For the first time the public will be able to access and enjoy the canal from the south along the stretch between Caledonian Road and York Way.

1000

additional jobs will be provided

The existing landscape at Regent’s Wharf is 99% hard-paving and is mainly used as a carpark. Taking the cars away and replacing them with luscious lawns, lovingly tended vegetable patches, thick coppiced Alder trees and deep beds of native reeds draws the canal environment into the city. Providing places to sit and enjoy the quieter canal-side athmosphere not only improves the health and wellbeing of prospective occupiers, but also reminds the local community of the hidden gem beyond and increases opportunities for the wildlife supported by the canal’s ecosystem.

Despite an increase in built environment the proposals actually reduce water run-off into London’s drains. Working with the Canal and River Trust we have agreed to allow rain-water run-off from Regent’s Wharf top up the canal; this reduces the need to use energy to pump water into the canal and nearby Battlesbridge Basin.

26%

increase in soft-landscaping

  • Project Details
  • Project Update
  • Sustainability

Project Summary

Project Team

Planning Consultant: DP9
Project Manager: City South Projects
Structural Engineer: Bridges Pound
Services Engineer, Sustainability and BREEAM Assessor: Watkins Payne
Quantity Surveyor: MPG Shreeves
Heritage Consultancy: Heritage Collective
Landscape Architect: EDCO
Communication Strategy: Four Communications
Daylight/Sunlight/Rights of Light: GIA
Archaelogical Survey: MOLA
CDM Advisor / Principal Designer: MLM
Fire Engineering: Jeremy Gardner Associates
CGIs: Forbes MassiePixelflakes

Project Update

The project is currently being considered by London Borough of Islington’s planning officers. A decision is expected in Autumn 2017.

Sustainability

One of the primary objectives of the redevelopment proposals is to dramatically increase the sustainable performance of the whole site. This is achieved through both passive and active strategies (either new technology being applied or sensitive refurbishment to the existing historic fabric).

Some selected parts of the sustainability strategy are listed below;

  • 15% of the campus’ energy will be provided by an extensive array of PVs at roof level.
  • In order to mitigate water run-off into public sewers, the Regent’s canal is being used as a sustainable urban drainage system. This helps the Canal & River Trust reduce their energy footprint (they currently have to pump water into the canal during the course of the year to top-up the navigable channel).
  • The proposals are for a ‘Zero-car’ scheme. This replaces the existing 37 carparking bays. Furthermore, funding is being made available to increase the number of hire-scheme cycles on-site.
  • The new-build elements have been designed to supersede Part L of the building regulations by 30%.
  • The scheme is seeking to be accredited as BREEAM Excellent.
  • The landscape within the scheme has increased planting from 1% to 25% of site footprint.

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