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.
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.
increase in soft-landscaping