After a 14 month construction period, Mark Fairhurst Architects has recently completed Koops Mill Mews in London for Obenshaw Limited
The mixed use development comprises two ground floor commercial units totalling 2,475 sq-f, two 1-bed, three 2-bed, two 3-bed residential flats and a standalone studio house. With initial planning design by Chassay Studio the 'brownfield' development successfully resolves the complex historic and industrial context in the heart of the city and has become a template for successful urban design at a time of acute housing shortage in London.
Koops Mill Mews is approached via a gated courtyard, paved with recycled cobbles, providing communal access and parking to the building and existing development. Working with developer/contractor Kuropatwa Limited, the massing is stepped backed at each ascending floor creating private landscaped terraces for the apartments reducing the visual impact on the existing tenants.
The large double glazed aluminium windows, with subdivisions, mirror the existing cast iron Victorian warehouse windows; rustic dark grey bricks, render and aluminium mesh cladding accentuate the new massing. The apartments are designed to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and include ventilation heat recovery units along with high levels of thermal insulation, acoustic attenuation and communal cycle parking. The commercial offices comply with 'Excellent' in the BREEAM sustainability ratings.
Built within the curtilage of the Grade II Listed 19th Century former tannery mill, the building represents the last surviving Victorian mill building in Bermondsey following the Blitz. The former warehouse was converted in the early 1980s into some of the first warehouse 'loft' apartments in London providing large open plan living spaces within an existing industrial building along with studio accommodation where Mark Fairhurst Architects was first established.