A Civic Utility Building

Carl Trenfield Architects and Ecofloat, led by Taylor Fuel Control, has submitted designs via competitive tender process for a new utility building in South Dock Marina, London.

Before embarking on the technical requirements of the brief, a consensus emerged that we should, where possible add value and aim to introduce a sense of community engagement – a small building displaying a sense of civic pride.

The former use of the site; the import and export of timber and grain, informed an architectural approach anchored in its historical context – here, the viewer is presented with a timber form, or more precisely, a series of timber cuboids – evocative of the site’s former use.

The south facing community room seeks to address the functional requirements whilst also providing the dock community with a comfortable space to meet in, brew a cup of tea and take shelter.

This additional room addresses the pontoon’s southern edge, for the enjoyment of  daylight, and can be expanded to allow space for further seating; elevating an humble utility building into a micro piece of civic architecture.

Value:  Confidential

Client:  Southwark Council

Status:  Tender