Project Orange was appointed by Peabody in 2017 to produce a feasibility study, along with over 80 residents, businesses and community groups, that would support a bid for the Mayor of London’s ‘Good Growth Fund’ to develop a community and enterprise hub in the heart of Thamesmead’s Moorings Estate. The bid was successful with Sadiq Khan granting Peabody £1.15m towards the project.
The vision was to keep as much of the structure as possible to ensure a low carbon footprint, while restoring the original spatial configuration. The design transforms the derelict 1970’s GLC building, by upgrading the fabric including new glazing, curtain walling, roof coverings, full MEP and life safety systems. Engineers Max Fordam used environmental modelling to optimise the south facing aspect in winter while harnessing cross ventilation and shading in summer.
The reinstated double height entrance hall now includes a new reception counter and generous lift. To the right a large open space with a distinctive wave profiled ceiling has been refurbished as offices for Peabody. The staircase leads up to and open landing onto the cafe and main hall. Two further rooms provide spaces for community activities along with external terraces.
The project completed in March 2022 and was built by local contractor Bayanix.
The works by artist-in-residence and lead artist on the design team, Verity-Jane Keefe, are displayed throughout the building. She has also led the co-design process.
Client / Peabody
Main Contractor / Bayanix
Architect / Project Orange
Mechanical and Electrical / Max Fordham
Project Management and QS / Calford Seadon
Engineer / Stantec
Lighting Designer / Light Follows Behaviour
Planning Consultant / CBRE
Signage and Graphics / Europa
Co-Design Advisor / Daisy Froud
Lead Artist / Verity-Jane Keefe
Photography / Brigita Bunikaityte
AJ Project Awards
16 December 2022
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has granted Peabody £1.15m through the ‘Good Growth Fund’ towards a new £2m community and enterprise hub in Thamesmead. Project Orange produced the feasibility study that, along with over 80 residents, businesses and community groups, supported the bid. Our proposals aim to transform the derelict 1970’s social club and area underneath an adjacent flyover into flexible spaces, able to host a range of services including community meetings activities and events. The scheme will facilitate diverse and affordable enterprise projects for skills and training. The project aims to improve the public realm and community amenities within the Moorings Estate, creating opportunities and a greater quality of life for local people.