Hardcastle Architects became involved in this project a number of years ago when the Truman Brewery was mainly unused and before the majority of the re-development was carried out as seen today.
The original cafe founders approached us to set up the cafe putting an initial design and layout together and arranging the installation of the basic services, facilities and finishes. The cafe has gone through a number of changes since and continues to enjoy success.
Planning approval was achieved to convert an empty B1 office building in central Eastbourne into a English teaching School (class D1). This project is currently on hold.
Planning approval Summer 2015
This new-build mixed-use project provides a mix of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom dwellings over 3 floors to provide 4 no. dwellings and a separate B1 business unit at ground floor level on a restricted urban infill site. All dwellings have been designed in accordance with the GLA Housing Standards SPG and Lifetimes Homes Standards. The ground floor dwellings has been designed to be fully accessible for wheelchair users.
The existing site is used for car repairs and is not appropriate for the location surrounded by residential properties and gardens. The site is in a poor state of repair and it has not been possible to secure the necessary investment and long term tenancy to avoid further decline. The site is more appropriate for residential use and will provide 4 much needed dwellings and a new business unit within Hackney.
The main building is set back from the footpath to align with the adjacent terrace. The front gardens provide a secure buffer zone to the frontage similar to the adjacent terrace. The front living spaces and balconies looking out onto the street contribute to the passive surveillance that already exists along the street. Low railings with climbing plants provide the enclosure along the front. The private frontages are provided to each of the ground floor dwellings separated by the common entrance. All of the dwellings are entered via the common entrance door. The door is glazed for good visibility, and set back to provide shelter from the weather.
Planning approval was secured in 2017.
The Twin Group appointed Hardcastle Architects to design and oversee their New HQ and language school, and to relocate its London head office and school from its current location in Lewisham, to a brand new building in Greenwich Square, London SE10. Having been based in Lewisham for 15 years, the move is a huge step for Twin as a business and language school. It will mean that they can increase the number of students that they receive each year, and will be able to offer their students modern facilities in a new school close to Central London.
The new office and school is located on the recently-built Greenwich Square site, which is conveniently located just 15 minutes away from Central London on the train. This great new location means that Twin’s students will not only have easy access to the capital, but will also be able to quickly reach Greenwich’s famous attractions and iconic landmarks.
Twin’s vision is to provide students with great educational facilities and plenty of opportunities to have life-enriching experiences. The new school features 20 modern classrooms, a social area with student PCs and Wi-Fi, and co-located facilities including a leisure centre (swimming pool, gym and dance studio), a library and cafes, restaurants and bars.
Client: Twin Group, completed July 2015
Sheppard Robson were the architects for this building. Matthew Hardcastle was a Project Architect on this scheme whilst working for the practice. The Salvation Army building has a two-fold requirement for its headquarters: primarily it is the control centre of the largest voluntary care organisation in the world. Beyond this the building is in the perfect location to advertise to the masses passing by either on Queen Victoria street or the millennium bridge link between St Paul’s and the Tate Modern. The lower three floors comprise Public Cafe, exhibition space, board rooms, meeting rooms, executive offices, and chapel. The public cafe is particularly important as it is where staff working within the building are able to interact with the visitors. The upper floors of the building provide a more traditional open plan office environment.
The building was completed Oct 2004, widely published and received a number of awards.
This is the excavation and conversion of an existing basement storage area below a Victorian terraced house in Hackney, East London. The basement was excavated to achieve sufficient head room and new structure installed to the support the house above. A drained cavity membrane and pump system was used to ensure the basement was fully waterproof. A new front lightwell and rear window provide a good level of daylighting and views out augmented with uplighters washing the walls and ceiling. A cement based wearing screed with underfloor heating was used for the floor finish. The studio was fitted out with bespoke built-in perimeter desking, storage wall and kitchenette.
Completed Jan 2013.