Republic are pleased to announce that we will be taking part in the London Open House Weekend on 21st and 22nd of September, organised by Open City.
Feel free to come on a tour of the site over the weekend and find out what we’ve achieved and what we’re looking to do to engage with the local community.
For more information, about the project, check out The Open House Weekend Website
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Import Building is the first phase to be completed at Republic and provides 281,000 sq ft of mixed use work and leisure space.
Formerly known as East India Dock, this tired 1990s granite clad office complex has been reinvented to create a dynamic collaborative campus focused on wellbeing, connectivity, creativity and flexibility.
A two storey retail and office extension has been added along the full length of the building and inside an engineered timber grid infill to the atrium has increased lettable area and re-focused the building’s functionality.
The project is innovative in its use of modular timber construction within the atrium and extensions. A lightweight timber structure was devised that could be manufactured offsite and then quickly assembled on site to the existing foundations without the use of heavy machinery. The glulam timber structure and infill CLT slabs were manufactured in small enough sizes to enable them to be safely manhandled into place without the use of heavy lifting equipment.
The reduction of machinery not only improved the working environment for installers by reducing noise, but also in turn improved Health and Safety and reduced the impact of construction works on surrounding communities. The speed of delivery was also increased by the lightweight timber as it allowed for larger panels and fewer joints. The construction sequencing was programmed to allow the existing tenants to remain in place, and refurbished spaces to be made available for occupation on a floor by floor basis.
This development has been designed to appeal to the next generation of creative and tech businesses, who have been priced out of neighbouring fringe areas such as Shoreditch and Hackney. A tight budget, governed by the target market has resulted in design being used as a tool to maximise values, space and aesthetics.
Each floor plate is designed to be operated as single occupancy or multi-let tenancies. Moreover the atrium infill provided the future flexibility to vertically connect floors together via additional stairways if required. The atrium spills into adjacent mixed use amenity areas such as the ground floor gym, a coffee shop, cafe and retail units. On the ground floor are also a living room, library and bookable meeting rooms for communal use.
The new rooftop deck functions as an amenity space for hosting events and yoga classes overlooking the city. An event space on the top floor also provides further rooftop communal amenities.
Designed by John Rennie and Ralph Walker and built in 1806, The East India Docks incorporated the nearby Brunswick Dock which had been used for fitting out and repairing ships as part of Blackwall Yard.
The Brunswick Dock, which was connected directly to the Thames to the south, became the Export Dock. To the north the company built a larger 18-acre (7.3 ha) Import Dock and connected both to the Thames via an eastern entrance basin.
Architectural features denoting the history of this area as a commercial centre for much of London’s international sea trade still survive today. These include a wall on Leamouth Road which used to surround the goods yard, a large building dating from 1857 located on East India Dock Wall Road and the entrance basin which is the only intact part of the former East India Docks complex.
Along with most of London’s docks, this area suffered heavy bomb damage during World War II. The docks remained open until 1967 and since then have been vastly changed by the construction of the Blackwall Tunnel in 1958, extension of the DLR railway in 1994 and creation of new roads.
Venue: Import Building
Date: 21-22 September 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 6:15 pm
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