The planning committee has approved (May 23) the demolition of the existing buildings and replacement with a 16-storey mixed-use development in the Battersea Design and Technology Quarter close to Battersea Dogs Home.
The light industrial building is arranged over a basement with fifteen upper storeys. It is located towards the southeast corner of the site to maximise the footprint of the development and create more space for the public realm and drainage infrastructure along Havelock Terrace and Palmerston Way.
The main entrance to the building is located within the north elevation and will lead to a ground-floor entrance hub with a double-height space, seating areas and meeting room facilities. A small café unit is proposed at the northeast corner to face the public realm to allow for spill out, interface with the local community, and link with the front of the communal house area.
The upper floors of the building seek to provide flexible office and studio space ranging from micro to medium size units to cater for a range of SME (small and medium enterprises) business sizes as well as a range of differently sized workshops and creative maker spaces for more production-based ventures. Breakout spaces for collaboration and interaction with different businesses will be provided throughout the building and linked to shared meeting room facilities.
Another café space is included on the top floor adjacent to the communal roof terrace that will be available to all occupiers and provide opportunities to stage events for support, training and networking.
The light industrial floorspace is at the ground, mezzanine and first-floor level, with office space above. The ground-level light industrial units will be larger, have double-height spaces with mezzanines, and would benefit from direct street access, allowing for their separate front doors and direct public interface.
The basement level will provide secure bicycle stores with different types of cycle stands and changing and shower facilities to serve the people employed in the building.
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