Chocolate Factory

This large-scale former sweet factory, built in the 1930s, is being redeveloped into a landmark mixed-use scheme with the creation of 100,000sqm of commercial floorspace while also delivering a great place to live together with 230 new homes.

Our multi-disciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, planners and environmental planners played a significant role in gaining planning approval for this vibrant new city district on behalf of Workspace Group with designs respectful of the 20th century industrial building style of The Chocolate Factory.

Project details

  • 1.68 hectare site
  • Refurbishment of early 20th Century Factory
  • 230 new homes
  • 5,400sqm of public realm including a new public square

At the heart of the site, is the refurbishment of the art-deco Chocolate with buildings are set around a new public square activated by commercial uses to the ground floor of the new purpose-built brick residential development reaching up to 18-storeys and the existing legacy industrial.

New managed workspace - workshops; galleries and studios - will also deliver a vibrant new city district that are stitched together through a carefully considered public realm, encouraging informal interaction, chance encounters and inspires creativity while sitting at a key ‘urban cross-roads’ to encourage future connections to the Haringey Heartlands as well as Alexandra Park.

 

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Throughout the masterplan, we ensured clarity was delivered to intuitively lead the visitor or occupier through the network of streets to a new ‘Chocolate Square’ at the heart of the quarter. New routes into the masterplan open-up a previously closed city block and are lined with dual purpose units, workspace and sales area, supporting the commercial life of the creatives.

The Chocolate Factory has been shortlisted in the Future Space category at the Pineapple Awards 2019, sponsored by the Design Council. The awards celebrate the urban life of developments and places where people want to live, work and play.

"The panel finds much to admire in the design of the public realm.  The panel warmly welcomes the public spaces: creating pinch points and tightening up the flow of space around the site." Chocolate Factory, Haringey QRP 6th July 2016.