Cockpit Yard, WC1 London, UK
Sheppard Robson, in collaboration with Londonewcastle and Bouygues, drew up plans for a mixed-use development that breathes new life into Holborn Library and Archive. The design proposals stitch together a number of different uses within the scheme’s dense urban setting with the aim of:
- Creating an environmentally robust and architecturally striking residential scheme, with private and affordable housing
- Creating an inspiring building fit for the creative business incubator, Cockpit Arts, with a design that embraces the site’s industrial past
- Re-providing the Services Depot brief onsite
The fundamental ambition behind the project was to reinvigorate the key public sector assets whilst also delivering a superior quality, sustainable residential scheme that maximizes the financial return for Camden.
Located within the Bloomsbury Conservation Area, the massing, facades and materiality of the development were carefully considered, responding to the site’s immediate urban context. The library building, with residential element above, stands at seven storeys and will be the tallest element of the project. The new-build residential to the rear is four storeys high with a parapet to match the surrounding buildings and two additional floors setback.
The reappraisal of the site includes the rebuilding of the Cockpit Arts centre, creating an opportunity to create a development that is embedded with the surrounding Bloomsbury Conservation Area and, overall, makes a coherent architectural statement.
The front elevation of the refurbished library will be characterised by a large glazed panels which give the facility a strong visual presence from street level. This elevation is animated by a patterned screen, informed by motifs within the building’s interior, which has been carefully calculated to provide solar shading.
- 3,889 m2