Local Authority: Greenwich

Client: Knight Dragon

Architect: Assemblage; Mole Architects, Adam Khan Architects; 6a Architects; David Kohn Architects; SelgasCano; Barozzi/Veiga; and Schulze+Grassov.

Contract Value: £56m

Design District

The Design District is a cluster of low-rise, artistically inspired buildings next to the O2 arena, providing over 230,000 sqft of commercial, office and retail space. It includes galleries, studios, incubators, start-ups, retail, and food and beverage across the 1.08-hectare plot.

The development includes 16 buildings overall, with eight different architectural studios each designing a complimentary pair of buildings. Ardmore has had to manage the designs from each of the eight practices and a single structural engineer to bring Knight Dragons’ challenging vision to life.

The buildings comprise a mix of structural and architectural finishes, with external façades including Terrazzo, Corten steel, polycarbonate and ETFE, in-situ concrete and corrugated aluminium cladding. Structurally, the buildings have been designed as a mix of traditional reinforced concrete, structural steel and cross laminated timber.


Mixed-use & Commercial Experience


Since our formation in 1974, we’ve helped to deliver some of London’s highest profile projects. Whilst out most prominent market has been London’s new-build residential sector, we have over 20 years’ experience within the commercial property sector.

We’ve predominantly delivered Cat A office space as part of commercial led mixed-use schemes but more recently, we have expanded our offer to include purely commercial schemes. We are currently delivering over 230,000 sqft of creative workspace and retail facilities at the Greenwich Design District for Knight Dragon.

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