Built in 1850, the historic coal drop buildings were originally used as a coal distribution and storage facility, before becoming warehousing, a nightclub and offices. From the 1980s, illegal raves and a major fire took their toll on the structures. By 2008 they were derelict.
Now, BAM has totally refurbished and re-purposed the Coal Drops to create a striking and unique shopping and entertainment destination, with 65 units, five anchor stores and a major new public space.
Thomas Heatherwick Studios created and developed the distinctive concept for the scheme, with BAM Design gradually taking on more of the detailed work from RIBA stage D. The two firms worked closely together to refine the design: successfully using digital construction to develop and implement the project.
The design combines the bold re-use of the historic buildings (two of them Grade II listed) with high-quality contemporary architecture. This includes retaining and repairing important historic structures, fixtures and fittings, such as the building’s Victorian brick arches: which now house an eclectic mix of boutiques, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Coal Drops Yard scooped Gold in the London Design Awards 2018.