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PORTAL WAY

GARNHAM STREET

BRUNEL WORKS

THE HQ

NEW CROSS ROAD

FOREST ROAD

THE PAPER MARKET

ST. OLAVS

HOLME

39 ST JAMES’S STREET

MAY GURNEY

PORTAL WAY

Excellent public realm. 260 kitchens. 1200 new jobs.

Acton, London.

A ground floor of permeable public realm, street vendors and café space, with 260 kitchens sat at the upper levels. Providing 1200 jobs for the local area. A new building typology looking to reinvent the way urban environments operate from a food development, delivery and production standpoint.

It is unusual to design such a large volume of space that does not require outlook, the resultant form adopting a heavy mass, with a rigorous internal plan set on an efficient grid. This rigour is directly translated to the facade in an honest and simple arrangement, with a two storey podium addressing the streetscape and adjacent public square.

Site plan and pedestrian permeability linking in to the public square to the north

Key pedestrian routes and desire lines have informed the layout, design and orientation of both the landscaping and ground floor commercial space at Dephna. Whilst also connecting Portal Way and Wales Farm Rd, the stepped public realm which wraps the Dephna market hall also creates a space for customers and the public to congregate. The orientation of the neighbouring proposal also creates an opportunity to shape a new ‘urban square’ which connects One Portal Way and Dephna.

Key pedestrian routes and desire lines have informed the layout, design and orientation of both the landscaping and ground floor commercial space at Dephna. Whilst also connecting Portal Way and Wales Farm Rd, the stepped public realm which wraps the Dephna market hall also creates a space for customers and the public to congregate. The orientation of the neighbouring proposal also creates an opportunity to shape a new ‘urban square’ which connects One Portal Way and Dephna.

Full Massing, Maximise the site’s potential whilst offering generous building realm around the building

Lift Block, creating covered public realm and site permeability.

Public Space, meanders beneath and around the scheme, stitching together the existing public realm and creating a permeable landscape.