Our architects have completed, during lockdown, the completion of Kingsland Locke in Dalston, London, for edyn the parent company and creator of innovative home-meets-hotel brand Locke. The fourth ‘Locke’ in London, the sophisticated Kingsland Locke sets out an exemplar standard, comprising of 124 rooms, a gym, co-working space, restaurant, micro-brewery (Gin and Beer) and coffee shop.
Our inter-disciplinary team of architects and planners originally worked on the planning application to transform the ‘out of character’ single story Tesco site into a hotel in 2017. Despite the site’s challenging location, adjacent to a conservation area comprising of Victorian terraces and the Grade II-listed Rio Cinema, our team gained planning permission for the five-storey hotel from Hackney Borough Council in 2018. This success was a result of many detailed consultations and presentations to the committee and area design officers, which saw our architects evolve the design including, remarkably, increasing the scale of the proposal and the number of rooms.
Our architects went on to be retained as the executive architect for edyn and eventually worked with the main contractor HG Construction to ensure the high quality aspirations were delivered in a timely manner. In 2019 the project broke ground and it completed in November 2020 during the turbulent periods of lockdown.
THE OVERALL DESIGN IS BASED ON A COHERENT DESIGN NARRATIVE BY LOCATING THE MAIN MASS OF THE BUILDING NEAREST TO THE HIGH STREET WHICH IS EXPRESSED AS A TOWER AND THEN STEPS DOWN TO BLEND TOWARDS THE RESIDENTIAL CONSERVATION AREA. WE FOLLOWED HIGH LEVELS OF DESIGN ASPIRATIONS THROUGHOUT, MATCHING EDYN’S BRAND PRINCIPLES, WHILST SUSTAINABLE CREDENTIALS WERE NOT FORGOTTEN, WITH THE SCHEME AIMING TO ACHEIVE A BREEAM EXCELLENT RATING.
Romy Panesar, Architectural Associate
and project lead
Key areas of sustainable approaches included Modern Methods of Construction with modular bathroom and kitchen installations, low water consumption assemblies, reduction of the use construction and decorative materials which could have the possibility of carrying volatile organic compounds.
Each bedroom has an aspect to key views of the city with large windows that also enhance daylighting levels contributing to daylight factor. The building is also designed to London’s requirement to adopt high levels of renewable energy sources and therefore comprises of heating solutions including air source heat pumps.
Located central to a busy urban route, key approaches to ecology principles were established on a building with limited scope for open external spaces. We created opportunities for habitat conservation on green roofs with insect hotels and bat boxes within the facades.
I REALLY WANTED TO THANK THE TEAM FOR ALL THE SUPPORT AND HARD WORK ON GETTING DALSTON TO WHERE IT IS TODAY. WHEN I CONSIDER THE JOURNEY WE HAVE BEEN ON DUE TO THE MANY CHALLENGES PRESENTED TO US THIS YEAR WITH COVID, I MUST SAY WE SHOULD ALL BE VERY PROUD.
Chris Penabad, Head of Development, edyn
- 124 stylish studio apartments
- Aiming to achieve BREEAM Excellent rating
- Roof terrace & green roofs
- Gym, co-working space, restaurant & micro-brewery
- Naturally-lit atrium space
- Modern Methods of Construction utilised
- Exposed concrete structural frame
The ground floor of the building serves as an entrance to the hotel but expands as a lobby for many functions including a bar, co-working space and café. The space is located adjacent to a naturally lit atrium which transforms during the day from a restaurant to a vibrant evening dining space which will match some of the most discerning dining experiences in the city. A design feature central to the whole hotel which also enhances the internal ambiance was the expression of the concrete structural frame which has been left exposed throughout all the hotel including the bedrooms.
Romy explained “Our design has revolved around the sites sensitive nature and ensuring that the hotel contributed visually to improve the urban area. The design of the facades complement the adjacent terraces with a high quality brick design strategy. The large windows have been integrated to create deep indents into the corner tower with the brick working to express a façade proportionate to its context. Our close working relationship with Local Authority Design Officer throughout has been key to driving this project and to such a high standard and saw us developing 1:1 samples of the windows and accompanying walls to test the façade principles on site prior to construction.”
Internally the architectural principles have allowed for light and versatile bedrooms to be created for guests to enjoy day and night. To deliver a complex scheme where each room has its own character, our team developed the project in 3D at BIM Level 2 to manage the full design of the project including integration with the MEP services and interior consultants, contributing to the exemplar high standard finish. The team ensured they worked with suppliers and specialists who also embrace Modern Methods of Construction and BIM ensuring off-site construction resulted in high-quality specification, consistency, and pace.
WE ARE EXTREMELY DELIGHTED WITH THE END RESULT AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE OFFICIAL OPENING, WHEN GUESTS AND LOCALS CAN ENJOY THE FULL HOTEL FACILITIES. FOR THE TIME BEING THOUGH WE’LL BE VISITING THE OPEN COFFEE HATCH TO ENJOY THE ADMIRE THE EXTERNAL VIEW!
Gustavo Silveirinha, Senior Architect
Following our recent poll on the future of the leisure industry, we caught up with edyn's Head of Development, Chris Penabad. We were keen to hear what the future looked like from his perspective, given that their business model echo's the majority vote for multi-use flexible indoor spaces, seen in our poll.
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