CLIENT: NAVIGATION PROPERTY MARKETING SUITES
LOCATION: ST. JOHN’S HILL, WANDSWORTH, LONDON
The St John’s Way, Wandsworth development is located in a regeneration of a 1930s existing Peabody estate directly adjacent to Europe’s busiest train station, Clapham Junction, and consists of 528 new homes. Our client Navigation Property Marketing Suites Services was directly approached on the back of several successful completed projects for Peabody and in turn we were employed by them to design a marketing suite to be located within the development site. Due to its proximity with Clapham Junction the new building required a strong presence due to an extremely high volume of potential footfall which we feel was achieved with the angled contemporary style.
With all our projects we constantly strive towards sustainability and with St John’s Way we were able to achieve a high level of performance through the use of a closed panel timber frame system – a very efficient form of insulation – which allowed us to use a single centrally ducted air conditioning system. By implementing these technologies into the building we were able to significantly reduce the energy consumption within the building.
We have noticed that in recent years commercial marketing suite buildings have developed well beyond the Portakabin or garage conversions that have traditionally been used for residential developments. Despite the aesthetic requirements increasing there is still an issue that arises from their temporary nature which means they are not required to meet building regulation standards. This often allows designers to sacrifice sustainability and environmental impact in favour of pure aesthetics.
We feel that we have overcome the modern day challenges that face this specialist building type by creating a building that has a low environmental impact while providing a strong bold visual impact without sacrificing either element.