Wednesday30 July 2014

Agenda 21 Architects to revamp Ilford landmark

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Redevelopment of Harrison Gibson department store to include hotel and restaurant

Agenda 21 Architects has secured planning permission in Ilford Town Centre, Redbridge, for the redevelopment of the local landmark known as Harrison Gibson department store. Originally built in 1959, it was designed by Forrest and Barber Architects as a purpose-built 25,000sq m windowless store over 10 floors.

The concrete structure has suffered severe dilapidation over the years and the store shut down four years ago having fallen victim to the changing patterns of retailing household goods and furniture. Located at the Town Hall end of the pedestrianised High Street, it has stood empty since covered with external safety netting, an anomaly in an otherwise well groomed High Street.

The brief from the new owners is to retain the retail offer at street level and redevelop the upper floors with a mix of hotel, serviced apartments, restaurant and multi-purpose venue at the top.

The structure is stripped of its concrete cladding and remodelled as part of an exercise of urban reintegration, allowing the opportunity of introducing daylight into the heart of the deep-plan building.

The design opens up the box and offers a new dialogue with the urban realm. The main facades are clad in mineral panels and the upper volume over the panoramic restaurant terrace is clad as a golden box, which will be visible from miles around and accommodates a 1,000-capacity venue for parties and conferences.

The £25 million project is due to start on site early in 2013.

Proposed section and remodelling of interior spaces

Proposed section and remodelling of interior spaces


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  • zecks_marquise

    is there really a business case for services apartments in ilford?

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  • Munter Roe

    Agenda 21? Really. Terrible name. Do this crowd think they are members of the elite?

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  • keenplanner

    HA! I thought the tin-foil hat crowd had crossed the pond. Here in the US, the Tea Party and other ill-informed paranoiacs are trotting out the UN Agenda 21 as the latest plot to take away their rights and toys. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/is-the-soros-sponsored-agenda-21-a-hidden-plan-for-world-government-yes-only-it-is-not-hidden/. The anti-agenda-21 "grassroots" movement isprobably a pro-oil-consumption scheme funded by the Koch Brothers. It's tragic that there are groups out their battling "sustainability", but they're so absurd that I have to laugh.

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