The Department Store Studios

Squire & Partners

In 2021 Squire & Partners developed The Department Store Studios, a four-storey contemporary workspace building adjacent to its award-winning refurbishment of The Department Store as the next phase of its investment in Brixton.

Providing 13,000sqft of workspace, the development creates a platform for growing businesses with flexible workspaces - from individual desks to private studios - and a host of serviced social and meeting areas. The Studios is also home to a neighbourhood bar, restaurant and screening room. The crafted red brick building takes inspiration from the robust Edwardian aesthetic of The Department Store next door with patterned brickwork and contemporary faceted bay windows. A setback fourth floor creates generous external terraces and is planted with a green roof to enhance biodiversity. Internally, designs are centred on sustainability and celebrate the honesty of raw materials. Establishing a stripped back aesthetic, the cross laminated timber frame and brick finishes are exposed throughout, offset by polished plaster and smooth grey screed floors. Exposed services feature throughout, encased in suspended metal trays. The BREEAM ‘Excellent’ low carbon development features a prefabricated CLT structural frame. 48sqm of photovoltaic panels create renewable energy on site, and energy consumption is minimised by large openable windows which provide high levels of natural daylight. These windows and access to outdoor spaces allow The Studios to be naturally ventilated. The Studios supports local businesses by offering an annual Residency scheme for young entrepreneurs and a programme of events curated to share skills, inspire creativity and expand local networks.