Piano Works London 2021–

A mixed use development providing purpose built student accommodation and commercial space on the site of the former Broadwood Piano Factory.

The designs for the Piano Works will strengthen the creative community on fish island, providing homes for the University of the Arts London fashion students, affordable incubator space for their graduates and a new base for Stour Trust, a local business that provides affordable workspace for creatives. The project integrates an existing boiler house and free-standing chimney stack with 3 new building in a new ensemble interspersed with amenity spaces and new areas of public realm. The largest of which will transform the arrival point on Fish Island for visitors crossing the river Lee footbridge from the olympic park.

Piano Works received planning permission in September 2022.

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    Proposed view on approach across the river Lee bridge from the Olympic Park
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    New and existing structures give shape to a new piece of public realm
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    The location of the site offers the opportunity to create a meaningful arrival space for Fish Island on approach across the bridge from the Olympic Park
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    The existing boiler house, Chimney and 3 new buildings are arranged to create a series of public and private spaces and courts
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    A combination of 3, 4, 5 & 6 storey elements provide a rich and varied street scene
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    Site plan
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    Site figure ground
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    A sinuous brick gable accommodating the commercial buildings stair, provides a back drop to the canopies of the existing trees
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    The character and appearance of the scheme have been designed in response to the industrial legacy of Fish Island
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    The character and appearance of the scheme have been designed in response to the industrial legacy of Fish Island
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    Concept sketch of a ‘cluster of buildings’
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    View of student entrance and amenity yard
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    Ground floor plan
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    First floor plan
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    Façade composition and detail
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    Typical floor plan
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    View of rooftop yard space
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    Yard elevation with integrated ‘piano’ benches’


  • Appointment: 2021
  • Client: Southern Grove / University of the Arts London / Stour Trust


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