Poplar Works

London, United Kingdom, Map
Partner of Stora Enso
BK Structures

Poplar Works is a unique multi-million pound fashion and ‘makery’ hub combining manufacturing, training and affordable studio space, together with a community accessible café, events space and garden area. The scheme has been developed by award winning housing association, Poplar HARCA, in partnership with the Greater London Authority, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and workspace provider ‘The Trampery’.

The project, which completed in late 2019, has transformed eighty disused garages and open space next to the A12 to create a new home for East London’s fashion economy. It forms a cornerstone for the resurgent historic creative and industrial identity of Poplar and strengthens London’s position as a global centre for fashion, with the community of the East End at the heart. The collaborative community hub also sets the foundations for the arrival of the London College of Fashion, which is due to relocate to the Olympic Village. The scheme provides an increase in job opportunities and training for Poplar and ensures that talent is nurtured in and attracted to East London. A total of 215 m³ CLT by Stora Enso in visual quality (VI) was used for this wooden building.

Area (m²) 1801
Products CLT
Product quality Visual quality (VI)
Product volume (m³) 215
Partner of Stora Enso BK Structures
Developer Poplar Harca
Architect Adams & Sutherland
Structural Engineer Price & Myers
MEP Designer Freeman Beesley
Main contractor Niblock
Specialist Timber Contractor B&K Structures
Construction duration (months) 22
Timber superstructure erection duration (weeks) 5