With fitting out work about to start, we held our recent “pin-up’’ social event in the space that will shortly become our new studios at 40 Norman Road, Greenwich.
Held on the first floor overlooking Deptford Creek, the pin-up display included a large model of the new studios, digital CGI and flythrough images and 3D VR glasses showing preliminary views of how the spaces will look once the work is complete. Alongside these a series of exhibition boards told the story of how a mixed use development of 85 new homes with live-work and commercial space, now renamed Caledonian Point, was realised.
Welcoming staff, many of whom joined bptw after the old offices had been demolished, founding partner Alan Wright spoke on how the practice came to move to the site, moving first into a converted warehouse building and, as the practice expanded, acquiring the adjoining offices in 2002.
With Durkan acquiring the site to the north, and a land promotion agreement between bptw and the owners of the adjoining site to the south, the initial ideas for the redevelopment of the ‘Norman Road Wharves’ that had encouraged the then partners to move to what at the time was a relatively isolated part of Greenwich finally came to fruition. In August 2010 planning applications for both sites with schemes designed by bptw were submitted and in December that year unanimously approved.
Even then a further complication arising from the 1997 transfer needed to be overcome, and bptw are indebted to those who have supported us throughout the years, in particular Family Mosaic who shared our enthusiasm and vision for the redevelopment and, with the remaining obstacles removed, completed the acquisition of the site. With bptw continuing as architects for the detailed technical design, and Durkan who were appointed as contractors, we are especially grateful to Family Mosaic who have been instrumental in bringing about the successful implementation of the development.
Fitting out of the new studios is expected to take around 4-5 months at which point a journey that will have been fully 20 years in the making will reach the next stage with bptw moving the short distance along the road ‘back’ into our new studios. This was an opportunity for the whole office to join in and celebrate the final stage of a journey that started in 1997 when bptw first moved to Norman Road.