Planning permission has been submitted to Southwark Council to transform a disused car park in Camberwell into co-working spaces for young professionals and creative workers.
The underground Redcar garage was built during the 1960s together with the tower blocks in the Wyndham and Comber Estate, and has been unused for over 20 years. The proposal by Originate Architects keeps the existing structure, and adds 2,000sq m of office space, including a reception, a mixture of open desk space and private offices, meeting rooms and bike storage. A timber staircase will provide access to the roof deck, a public space with new seating and greenery.
David Siverson, principal at Originate Architects, said: "We weren't sure what to expect when we were approached about looking at some mothballed car parks in Camberwell but we were amazed by the size of this untapped resource. We immediately started brainstorming ideas as to the best use for these structures.
"Being located in the middle of a largely residential area, traditional office and retail uses were quickly abandoned for the 'co-working' concept that could benefit the local community. The restoration of the roofs into green spaces was integral to the scheme as something we could do to help the community."
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