The Biscuit Factory

Location London, United Kingdom
Services Building services, civil, structural and geotechnical engineering, sustainable design, acoustics, IT and vertical transportation
Sector Mixed-use (residential, retail and workplace)
Client Workspace Group PLC
Architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Imagery © Uniform/AHMM

Barney Jordan

T +44 (0)207 438 1600

A business complex is being developed on the site of the former Peek Frean’s Biscuit Factory that  made biscuits in Bermondsey for 123 years, until 1989 when the factory closed. The first mass producer of biscuits, it was home to baked goods like the Bourbon and the Garibaldi.

The triangular site extends over approximately 12 acres and is part of Tower Bridge Business Complex and consists of a collection of buildings that began in the Victorian age when this area first developed as a major centre for food production and is currently occupied by commercial and light industrial buildings.

Once completed, the development will provide Southwark with a major mixed use scheme and its largest hub for small businesses, which is expected to support over 2,000 jobs The redevelopment will provide 25,084m2 of business space and 7,500m2 of new business accommodation, as well as 800 new residential units.

The site will be extensively landscaped to provide open and accessible amenity spaces. The development is to be delivered in phases over a ten year period. The commercial development is targeting a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating and the residential units will be designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes level 4. The residential development covers a variety of different unit types including; townhouses, apartments and affordable housing.

Cundall has extensive experience working on similar redevelopments and has been appointed to provide a wide range of engineering services associated with producing a planning application for the site and contributing to the Environmental Impact Assessment. As part of the site wide energy strategy we have investigated integrating the development into a proposed district heating network and assessed the utility demand for the development to verify that there is sufficient capacity in the local utility networks.

Acoustic surveys and vibration surveys have been carried out to assess the impact of the development on the surrounding properties and to assess the impact of the noise and vibration from the railway viaduct on the proposed residential units. A 3D analytical model has been produced to enable accurate prediction of the sound propagation between buildings and test the viability of acoustic mitigation measures.