Offley Works, London


Offley Works is group of six industrial buildings sharing a site deeply embedded amongst Victorian terraced suburbs in Oval, South London. The buildings were built from 1899–1956 for the pickling company Sharwoods. In 2007, 6a architects won a competition, run by the Architecture Foundation, the London Development Agency and Design for London, to transform Offley Works into a mix of uses including nine residential apartments and work spaces.


For cultural and sustainable ends, the existing buildings will be at the heart of their own regeneration; the architectural fabric of the site remains its single most important asset. Two interventions are added to the buildings; roof top apartments form a new roofscape whilst a long two-storey building is clad with a hand thrown brick screen.