Over the last 2 years, SPACE has been investing in studio upgrades to reduce impact on the environment. By retrofitting existing properties we are making key buildings sustainable long-term and reducing their carbon footprint. SPACE has acquired financing for upgrades projects from Triodos, the ethical bank.
Deborah House, E9, formerly a clothing sweatshop in Hackney, suffered damage to its brickwork and its saw-tooth roof was leaking. The building has been reclad and insulated externally, while a rooftop addition has expanded the provision of studios by 20%. Tenants will soon move back into a thermally efficient envelope with large double-glazed windows. The works will preserve the building into the future and provide much needed additional space for artists.
Upgrades at Haymerle Road SE15, include the addition of new central heating throughout, new roofing, roof insulation and double glazed windows. The photovoltaic solar panels at Haymerle Road generated approx. £18,000 of new revenue to help keep studios affordable. During the summer, the panels produced 2 times the amount of electricity required in the building.
At Martello Street E8, by London Fields in Hackney, key improvements made to the building include re-roofing and installation of new double glazed windows throughout the East wing, which provide better working conditions for artists, increasing environmental performance and reducing heating bills.
Upgrades at The Triangle E8, include sealing all windows to prevent draughts and lagging of heating pipes to reduce heating costs. The top floor studios have new insulated roofing, adding a suspended polycarbonate ceiling to parts of the building and Kingspan insulation to studios which incorporate part of the pitched roof.
The acquisition of Brickfield Studios near Poplar in August 2014 means that SPACE’s studio portfolio is now one third freehold. This purchase contributes to SPACE’s long-term plan to become a sustainable studio provider. The building fit out is in progress with a new roof now installed and double glazing being provided throughout. This will create approximately 50 units in over 31,000 sq ft of space, scheduled to open in Spring 2015.
Photographs courtesy Chris Dorley-Brown