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LDA and Matching Green plan Offley Works modernisation


The London Development Agency and its development partner Matching Green have submitted a joint planning application to modernise Offley Works, a semi-derelict industrial building complex near the Oval in south London.

The proposals will transform the site by restoring, converting and extending the existing buildings to create a vibrant mix of commercial and residential space. The proposals follow a competition won by architects 6a. The design will create new business space, aimed at small firms, alongside 7 mews houses and 2 apartments. The refurbishment will include a range of environmental improvements, such as solar panels, which will reduce the building’s carbon emissions, and use the vast majority of the existing building fabric.

London Development Agency Director of Development Stephen Kennard said:

“These proposals to modernise Offley Works will create fantastic new business space and wonderful new homes. The designs are first class and we look forward to working with our developer Matching Green to make the physical renovations as soon as we get planning permission.”

Matching Green Director James Allen said:

“Offley works is a unique and delightful set of old industrial buildings tucked off the Clapham road, close to the oval tube. They need a lot of ’love’ and attention to modernise sensitively. Once complete the project will offer quality spaces of unique character that will enhance the surroundings. We are pleased to have this opportunity working with the LDA.”

Offley Works is a 0.4 hectare site, located south of Oval Underground Station between Clapham Road and Brixton Road. The main building was built around 1900 as a factory for the production of Sharwoods pickle. The works use has changed several times since then and had an additional office building built onto it in the 1950s. The site has been largely empty in recent years and large parts of the site are substantially derelict. The London Development Agency, Design for London and the Architecture Foundation organised a competition to redesign and bring Offley Works back into full use in 2007.

Matching Green hope to start full works on site in January 2012 subject to securing planning permission from the London Borough of Lambeth. In the meantime, work has begun to clear the site and make it secure and watertight.


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